Washington County man wanted after three people found dead

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO) – Officers are searching for a person of interest after three people were found dead in a home in rural Washington County.

Around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, the Washington Sheriff’s Department did a welfare check at the residence, located at 5882 South Beck’s Mill Road. The check was in response to a phone call from someone concerned about the well-being of those occupying the home.

The deputy noticed a deceased person within the home after knocking at the door, and upon further inspection, other officers located two other bodies.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from the Indiana State Police Detectives and Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators, who have assumed the investigation.

(Photo Supplied/ Indiana State Police)

Officers are now in search of Richard Lee Burton, Junior, who was residing at the residence where the crime took place.

Burton is described as a 47-year-old white male. He has long brown hair, sometimes worn in a ponytail, 5 feet 9 inches tall with blue eyes.

Investigations revealed Burton could be involved in the deaths, or could know something about the deaths, of the three victims. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Officers believe Burton could be enroute to the states of Tennessee, Missouri or Texas. He is believed to be driving a blue 1997 Dodge Ram 4×4 2500 cab pickup truck. The truck could possibly have a black or dark blue camper shell. The vehicle should be bearing the license plate number TK641MUK.

(Photo Supplied/ Indiana State Police)

If anyone knows the location of Richard Lee Burton, Junior, or see him or his vehicle, contact 911 immediately.

The identities of the victims or their causes of death will not be released at this time. Autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday morning.

 

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