Missing Georgia couple’s SUV found in lake; 2 bodies found nearby

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ATLANTA (AP) — The 2003 GMC Envoy belonging to a Georgia couple who disappeared after traveling to meet a man claiming to sell a classic Ford Mustang was found in a lake on Monday morning.

Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson said that 69-year-old Elrey “Bud” Runion and his wife, 66-year-old June Runion, had been traveling in toward McRae, in southern Georgia when they went missing last Thursday. Steverson says the bodies have not officially been identified and authorities have been in touch with the Runion family. He said the SUV was found not far from McRae.

Authorities have said 28-year-old Ronnie Adrian “Jay” Towns has been arrested on charges of giving false statements and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception.

Steverson says Towns was the last person to speak with the couple by phone.

Jay Towns' was arrested for charges including giving false statements and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. (Photo: Telfair County Sheriff's Office)

Jay Towns was arrested for charges including giving false statements and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. (Photo: Telfair County Sheriff’s Office)