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Sheriff: Bodies found believed to be missing elderly Craigslist couple

Sheriff Chris Steverson (Source: WALB-TV) Sheriff Chris Steverson (Source: WALB-TV)
Bud and June Runion (Source: Facebook) Bud and June Runion (Source: Facebook)
Ronnie Adrian "Jay" Towns surrendered to authorities. Ronnie Adrian "Jay" Towns surrendered to authorities.
Authorities from several agencies set up a command center near Jacksonville, GA. (Source: WALB-TV) Authorities from several agencies set up a command center near Jacksonville, GA. (Source: WALB-TV)
Map of where authorities set up a command center in Telfair County, GA. (Source: WALB-TV) Map of where authorities set up a command center in Telfair County, GA. (Source: WALB-TV)
McRae, GA (WALB) -

Investigators say they have found the bodies of who they believe are an elderly couple who went missing after driving across the state to check out a Craigslist advertisement.

Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson said they found the bodies of the couple near the vehicle they were traveling in. They said the vehicle was submerged in a body of water.

The bodies were not in the water, according to investigators. The Sheriff said he has been in contact with the family.

One man, 28-year-old Ronnie "Jay" Adrian Towns surrendered to authorities Monday morning, after he was named as a suspect in the case.

According to a statement by investigators, Towns turned himself in after investigators were able to work out a deal with his family.

Sheriff Chris Steverson said they had two active arrest warrants out for Towns. He was wanted for making false statements to investigators and for criminal attempt to commit theft by deception.

The Sheriff said both of the bodies have not been positively identified, but are believed to be the Runions.

Authorities said they do not know exactly how they died. An autopsy will be ordered for the two bodies that were found.

Investigators later said that the phone that Towns used to contact the Runions was purchased shortly after the couple had expressed interest in the ad they saw on Craigslist.

That same phone was turned off after the Runions were reported missing, Sheriff Steverson said.

No charges have yet to be made against Towns in relation to the bodies that were found Monday.

Authorities said they do believe that Towns intended to defraud the Runions of any money they were traveling with.

According to a report, Elrey "Bud" Runion and his wife June traveled from Marietta to McRae in response to an ad for a 1966 Ford Mustang on Craigslist.

Family members called authorities on Thursday after they could not contact the couple. They later put together a Facebook page to help in the search for them.

MORE: How to use Craigslist safely, avoid scams

Bud and June Runion were described as in their late 60's. They were last seen traveling in a 2003 champagne-colored GMC Envoy.

Investigators also canvassed the areas around McRae with helicopters to aid in the search.

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