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Family believes Ohio couple is with murder suspect


Published – Feb 20 2011 04:36AM EST

By KANTELE FRANKO – Associated Press 

Sam Littleton

This undated photo released by the FBI shows Sam Littleton. Littleton, an Ohio man being sought by police, has been charged with murder after… (AP Photo/FBI)

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Published – Feb 20 2011 04:36AM EST

By KANTELE FRANKO – Associated Press
(AP Photo/FBI)

This undated photo released by the FBI shows Sam Littleton. Littleton,
an Ohio man being sought by police, has been charged with murder after
authorities discovered the body of his girlfriend’s 26-year-old daughter in
the basement of a home he shared with her mom. Prosecutors filed
charges against 37-year-old Sam Littleton on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A relative of a missing elderly couple said
Saturday he believes they’re with a man suspected of murdering
a woman found dead this week in the town where the couple lives.
Richard Russell, 84, and his wife, Gladis, 85, haven’t been heard
from since Wednesday, the day a woman was found dead in a
home the Russells sold to Sam Littleton in 2009.

Littleton was charged in absentia with the murder of 26-year-old
Tiffany Brown, who is his girlfriend’s daughter. He also was
charged with felonious assault, abuse of corpse and tampering
with evidence in Brown’s death.

Richard Russell’s great-nephew, Matthew Hall, said relatives
are worried about the couple’s safety and don’t believe they
would have ventured off on a long trip without informing someone
in their tight-knit family. The Russells don’t drive at night, he said.
The Russells’ car, a green Mercury Grand Marquis with Ohio
license plate PDG13E, was last seen Wednesday night at a
rest stop along southbound Interstate 75 north of Cincinnati.
That’s about 100 miles southwest of the couple’s home near
Bellefontaine.

Richard Russell often uses a walker or wheelchair and has
had medical problems that make him dependent on medication,
Hall said. It’s not clear what medicines he might have had with
him.

Littleton was last seen Wednesday morning, and police found
his truck about 2 miles from the Russells’ home.

Authorities have said the 37-year-old Littleton has relatives
in West Virginia and Tennessee and may be in one of those
states. Hll said the family hadn’t heard of Littleton before
and isn’t sure how the Russells disappeared or why. We’re
still holding out hope,” Hall said Saturday. “We’re looking
for that lead, that break, the game-changer”.

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