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Ohio man found dead in Tenn. was stabbed, beaten

Gladis and Richard Russell Gladis and Richard Russell
Samuel Littleton Samuel Littleton

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a stab to the chest and head trauma likely caused the death of an Ohio man whose body was found in Tennessee 10 days after he and his wife went missing.

A Thursday report from the Hamilton County, Tenn., medical examiner's office rules the death of 84-year-old Richard Russell of Bellefontaine a homicide.

Russell's body was found in Chattanooga on Feb. 26. His wife, 85-year-old Gladis, remains missing.

Samuel K. Littleton II, suspected in the couple's disappearance, was arrested last in Princeton, W.Va., where police found the Russells' car in a Walmart parking lot. The car had earlier been spotted in Butler County, Ohio, prompting a search for clues at a Rumpke landfill.

The 37-year-old Littleton is accused of killing his girlfriend's 26-year-old daughter, whose body was found in a Bellefontaine home he bought from the Russells in 2009. He has not been charged in their disappearance.

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