Bodies of missing Ga. couple found, suspect in custody

Ronnie “Jay” Adrian Towns
Jay Towns

I am sad that i have to post that the bodies of Bud and June Runion have been found. The couple from Marietta, Georgia went missing after going to look at a Ford Mustang that was advertised on craigslist. Unfortunately there was no Mustang which seems more like a ploy to commit robbery. The suspect in the Runnions’ disappearance and death, 28-year-old Jay Towns, has been apprehended. The Runions’ vehicle was found submerged and their bodies were found nearby but not underwater.

Here’s something that I forgot to mention in my last post. I don’t post about every craigslist scam anymore. There are so many that it would be too time consuming for me to post every one. However with the last few months I have heard of a scam where scammers are posting ads on classifieds sites like craigslist advertising either high dollar value or classic cars. In too many cases the cars don’t exist and are just bait to fleece people out of their money. Unfortunately in this case the cost was much greater.

My heart breaks for the Runion family and my prayers and condolences go out to them.

UPDATE 2/2/2015: The autopsies showed that the Runions were both shot in the head.

UPDATE 6/23/2015: Prosecutors are saying that they will seek the death penalty against Towns.

UPDATE 5/3/2017: Back in mid-April, Towns entered a plea of not guilty.

Elderly Ga. couple missing after leaving for craigslist deal

 Bud and June Runion
Bud and June Runion

Authoirties in Georgia are currently searching for Bud and June Runion of Marietta, Georgia. The couple have been missing since Thursday after leaving to go look at a classic Mustang that was advertised on craigslist in McRae, Georgia.

The Runions’ family have set up a Facebook page in hopes of getting information out to help find the couple.

Bud Runion 5’9 was last seen wearing a corduroy collared shirt and a blue canvas jacket.

June Runion 5’6 was last seen wearing a pair of tan or beige slacks and a plaid shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or The Cobb County Police Department.

According to Google the Cobb County Police Department phone number is (770) 499-3900.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of the Runions and I pray that they are returned safely,

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UPDATE 1/25/2015: Police have named a suspect in 28-year-old Ronnie “Jay” Adrian Towns. He is currently at large and believed to be the last person the Runions talked to on the phone and has allegedly given false information to investigators.

Ronnie "Jay" Adrian Towns
Ronnie “Jay” Adrian Towns

Anyone with information about the couple’s whereabouts is asked to call Cobb County Police at 770-499-3900.