Jack Elijah Turner

Jack Elijah Turner

State police are focusing on Sandy Lake Township in a manhunt for the suspect in a double murder in Crawford County.

Jack Elijah Turner, 21, of Cochranton, is wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of Shannon Whitman, 49, and her 10-year-old son, according to the Pennsylvania State Police Meadville barracks.

A relative found the bodies of Whitman and her son about 10 p.m. Saturday at a residence on Guys Mills Road, Randolph Township, Crawford County. Police believe Turner stole Whitman's car, a gray-silver 2009 Lincoln MKS sedan with the license number KXW5126.

Police said the search for Turner in Sandy Lake Township was continuing as of noon.

Police described Turner as a white male with dark brown hair, brown eyes, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighing 145 pounds. He is charged with unlawful taking of movable property through the office of District Judge Amy L. Nicols in Crawford County.

Anyone with information can call the state police barracks in Meadville at 814-332-6911, or send tips anonymously by private Twitter messages to @PSPTroopEPIO.

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NOTE: This article has been edited to reflect the correct time the relative found the bodies of Whitman and her son.

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