Relative of missing elderly Ohio couple speaks out

Gladis and Richard Russell (Source: Bellefontaine Police)
Gladis and Richard Russell (Source: Bellefontaine Police)

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A relative of an elderly Ohio couple missing since Wednesday says their family believes they're with a man suspected of murdering a woman found dead this week in the town where the couple lives.

The investigation into the disappearance of 84-year-old Richard Russell and his 85-year-old wife, Gladis, of Bellefontaine continued Saturday. Richard Russell's great-nephew Matthew Hall says the pair wouldn't likely take a long trip without informing someone in their tight-knit family. Hall says his uncle often uses a walker or wheelchair and has had medical problems that make him dependent on medication.

Authorities say Sam Littleton, 37, is wanted for questioning in the disappearance. Littleton is charged in the killing of a woman found dead in a home the Russells sold to Littleton in 2009. Investigators also say that Littleton has relatives in West Virginia and Tennessee and may be in one of those states.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Russells car was last seen at a rest stop in Butler County at the 29 mile marker, right before midnight Thursday. It is not known if the Russells were in the vehicle. Signs throughout the state are still searching for Richard and Gladis Russell. They are believed to be driving a green Mercury Gran Marquis with licence plate number PDG 13E.

If you have seen this vehicle, you are asked to call the Bellefontaine Police Department at 937-599-1010.

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