Suspect in woman's murder, elderly couple's disappearance arrested
Samuel Littleton (Source: FBI)
Gladis and Richard Russell
PRINCETON, WV (FOX19) - Police in West Virginia say Samuel Littleton, the man accused of murdering an Ohio woman and wanted for the disappearance of an elderly couple, is now in custody.
Littleton is charged with the murder of 26-year-old Tiffany Brown, his girlfriend's daughter. He is also wanted in connection with the disappearance of Richard and Gladis Russell, who have not been seen since Feb. 16.
West Virginia State police Capt. J.L. Cahill said at a news conference that Littleton was apprehended late Wednesday morning in the woods behind a Walmart in Princeton. Littleton was flushed out by a police helicopter and caught after a brief chase on foot.
Brown's body was found in the basement of Littleton's home in Bellefontaine, a home he bought from the Russells.
Littleton and the Russells had not been seen since.
The Russells' car was found Tuesday night at a Walmart parking lot in Princeton, West Virginia.
Investigators told relatives there were possible signs of foul play involving the couple's car, said Matthew Hall of Marysville, Ohio, a great-nephew of the Russells.
"They did not say it was anything specific," Hall said. "They did not go into any findings. That definitely raises the level of anxiety for us. It was disheartening."
Cahill didn't mention the elderly couple's whereabouts at a brief news conference.
The car was seen last week at a rest stop in Butler County, prompting crews to search the Rumpke landfill in Colerain Township for clues. That search was suspended Tuesday afternoon.
Littleton's family pled for him to turn himself in during an appearance on a West Virginia TV station.