1 arrested, 1 sought in abduction, slaying of elderly couple

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information on a suspect in the slaying of an elderly Ohio couple.
This undated photo provided by the Starsburg Police Department shows Doyle and Lillian Chumney. Authorities say one man has been arrested and another is being sought in the abduction and slaying. (AP Photo/Strasburg Police Department)

COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say one man has been arrested and another is being sought in the abduction and slaying of an elderly couple whose bodies were found in their burned-out car.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says a task force arrested 21-year-old Jeffery Stewart of New Philadelphia on Saturday and charged him with murder.

Stewart was identified with help from the public after the task force released a surveillance photo of him. He’s being held in the Tuscarawas County jail.

Authorities say Stewart made statements that led to an arrest warrant being issued for 29-year-old Robert Clark of Dennison. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police believe Stewart and Clark are responsible for the deaths of 88-year-old Doyle Chumney of Strasburg and his 79-year-old wife, Lillian. They were reported missing on Jan. 21. Their bodies were found the next day in the burned car in Bakersville.

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