EAST GREENWICH, NJ – A manhunt for a person of interest in a quadruple homicide in New Mexico and murder in New Jersey ended on Wednesday with the fugitive’s arrest in Missouri, officials say .
Sean Lannon, 47, has been taken into custody in St. Louis, according to the Gloucester County District Attorney’s Office.
Lannon was wanted for questioning on Friday’s discovery of four decomposed bodies in a vehicle in an airport parking lot in Albuquerque, New Mexico, police said.
Lannon was also wanted for questioning over a murder Monday in East Greenwich, New Jersey. The Gloucester County District Attorney’s Office did not release details of the incident.
One of the victims discovered in New Mexico has been identified as Jennifer Lannon, 39.
New Mexico court records indicate that Sean Lannon filed for divorce from Jennifer Lannon in August 2018 and obtained a ruling in her favor in February 2019.
The divorce action requested custody of one or more children, the court record says.
Jennifer Lannon and two other people found dead in the vehicle – Matthew Miller, 21, and Jesten Mata, 40, had been searched for weeks by police in Grants, New Mexico, a town about 120 km to west of Albuquerque.
Miller was last seen around January 24, according to a Facebook post from Grants Police.
The fourth victim in the vehicle was identified as Randal Apostalon, 60, from Albuquerque.
Sean Lannon was also charged with burglary and possession of a weapon after he allegedly forced entry into a house on Monday in Elk Township, New Jersey, the prosecutor’s office said. He alleged that Lannon had a knife during the robbery.
Gloucester County District Attorney Christine Hoffman said Wednesday that “revised charges against Lannon relating to the homicide in East Greenwich Township are pending.”
Hoffman’s office did not disclose any details about the murder, but said an investigation remains active.
In a statement Wednesday, Hoffman said “the wide range of specific law enforcement and social service agencies involved in this investigation will become clearer in the future.”
The statement also expressed gratitude for “the contributions made to this ongoing investigation by members of the community and the media”.
He noted that detectives believe “there are additional witnesses who can provide crucial information.”
The US Marshals Service had offered a reward of $ 5,000 for the information leading to the arrest of Sean Lannon, according to the prosecutor’s office.
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