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Update: Tennessee murder suspect found dead in Jasper County

Casey Lawhorn. Photo courtesy of Jasper County Sheriff's Department

UPDATE: The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office has released a statement saying that a body has been found, and they believe it to be Casey James Lawhorn. Lawhorn was wanted out of Tennessee for the murder of his mother and his friend Avery Gaines.

A new post from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office states that Lawhorn’s death is believed to be a suicide.

Post from Jasper County Sheriff’s Office

A report from The Chattanoogan claims that Lawhorn’s social media post stated that he was going to find “a remote location to kill himself.”

Original Report:

A suspect in a Tennessee double shooting may be on the loose in Mississippi.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office has stated that they found the vehicle of 22-year old Casey James Lawhorn on Interstate 59 in Jasper on Sunday.

Lawhorn is wanted for the murder of his mother, Vi, and another victim who has been identified as Avery Gaines. Police arrived at the suspect’s home in East Ridge, Tennessee on Sunday and after forcing their way inside, they found the bodies of the two victims.

Lawhorn reportedly admitted to the shooting in a now-deleted Facebook post and reportedly said that he takes full responsibility for his actions, and that nothing caused him to carry out the murders. The post went on to say that he shot both Vi and Gaines with a stolen .22 [long rifle], according to Fox News.

In his post, Lawhorn stated that Gaines was a close friend of his. The Fox News report included a section of the post, and in it, Lawhorn describes his thoughts while in Jasper County.

“What I did is unforgivable. And prayer is a waste of time, nothing happens after death, but if there is a hell, I’m going to be in the lake of ice at the bottom,” read a post on a Facebook page purportedly belonging to Lawhorn. “However, as I sit here in Mississippi, writing this on the side of I-59 south after my car broke down, what I look forward to is the nothingness after death. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about murder, wondering what it feels like. But I’ve barely felt anything.”

A post from the JCSD warns that Lawhorn “is armed and considered very dangerous.” They urge you not to approach him, but if you have information on his location, contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department at 601-764-2588.

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