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A Georgia couple is missing after trying to buy a car on Craigslist

A Georgia couple is missing after trying to buy a car on Craigslist
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A Georgia man thought he had found the car of his dreams on Craigslist, and now he and his wife are missing. The heartbreaking story highlights the dangers of purchasing items from strangers online.

Bud and June Runion of Marietta, Georgia, went last Thursday to meet someone who responded to an ad Bud posted on Craigslist seeking a 1966 Ford Mustang. He had wanted one ever since returning from serving the Vietnam War, according to his daughter.

Now, the couple is missing. They never returned for a family function later in the day and are not responding to cellphone calls. Law enforcement in the area is actively searching for the couple.

Police are tracking the Runions' cellphones to try and find their location. The cellphone data does show that they arrived in McRae, Georgia, by Thursday night. The cellphone number from the Craigslist response led to a disposable cellphone.

“We know they came to the county but that’s where the trail goes cold,” [Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson] said. “We remain optimistic that this case will be solved.”

My heart goes out to the Runions and their family, and I hope and pray they will be found soon.

Remember to take extra precautions if you decide to meet people from Craigslist, because it's too easy for people to hide their real identities and intentions online. If you do, make sure to pick a meeting place that is public, crowded and visible. Also, make sure to tell family and friends exactly where you're going and when to expect you back.

Update:

A suspect has turned himself in in connection with the disappearance of a Georgia couple who went missing after responding to a Craigslist advertisement about a car, Fox News reports.

Ronnie "Jay" Towns, 28, turned himself in to the Telfair County Sheriff's Office on Monday, investigators confirmed to Fox News. A warrant for Towns' arrest was issued in connection to the disappearance of Elrey "Bud" Runion, 69, and his 66-year-old wife June, of Cobb County, Ga.

Authorities said the couple's car was found in a shallow pond in Telfair County in Southeast Georgia.

Towns faces charges of giving false statements to investigators and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception.

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Source: AJC
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