Craigslist Killer Preys on Elderly Couple Searching for Dream Car

An elderly Georgia couple’s online search for a dream car ending in tragedy when they fell victim to a killer who lured them in using Craigslist. The prime suspect in their alleged murder is already in police custody.

Elrey “Bud” Runion, 69, and his wife, June Runion, 66, had posted an ad on the site, saying they sought to purchase a 1966 Mustang, their dream car. Shortly thereafter, Ronnie Adrian “Jay” Towns, 29, responded to the ad, saying he had the car they were looking for. They agreed on a price and the couple drove three hours last Thursday from Marietta, Ga. to McRae, Ga to pick the car up.


On Friday, their daughter reported them missing. The last person to speak with the Runions was Towns. On Sunday, police found the couple’s car submerged in a lake near Jacksonville, Ga. Police later found the couple’s bodies. Both had been shot in the head.

WSB reports:

Channel 2 Action News learned that 28-year-old Ronnie “Jay” Towns turned himself in to the Telfair County Sheriff’s Department Monday morning. He has not reached the jail yet and has not been formally charged. Towns is accused in the disappearance of Bud and June Runion, of Marietta.