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Manhunt for suspect in deaths of 4 people in Ohio ends with arrest in Kansas

The search had been underway since the deadly shootings at two residences on a street in Butler Township, Ohio, north of Dayton.

A manhunt for a suspect accused of killing four people in two Ohio homes Friday ended with his arrest Saturday evening in Kansas, officials said.

Stephen Marlow, 39, was arrested in Lawrence and will be extradited to Ohio, Butler Township police said. No additional details about his capture were provided Saturday night.

A manhunt for Marlow had been underway in the shootings at two residences on a street in Butler Township, Ohio, less than 10 miles north of Dayton.

Officials said they thought Marlow had headed west on Interstate 70 and left Ohio, and they alerted law enforcement agencies across multiple states. A federal arrest warrant was issued, according to an FBI wanted poster.

Police respond to the scene of a shooting in Butler Township, Ohio, on Aug. 5, 2022.
Police respond to the scene of a shooting in Butler Township, Ohio, on Friday.WDTN

Shortly before noon Friday, police were called for a report of shots fired at a residence and found two people dead inside. Shortly afterward, they found the bodies of two more people at a second residence, police said.

The Montgomery County coroner’s office identified the victims as Clyde Knox, 82; Eva Knox, 78; Sarah Anderson, 41; and a 15-year-old girl. Police identified the teenager Saturday as Anderson’s daughter, Kayla.

Kayla Anderson was a student at Butler High School in the Dayton suburb of Vandalia, Police Chief John Porter said at a news conference Saturday before the arrest.

Robert O’Leary, the superintendent of Vandalia-Butler City Schools, offered his condolences to Kayla's family, friends and classmates.

"In the words of those who knew her best, Kayla was a friend to many," O’Leary said at the news conference. "She was kind and as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She was a ray of light."

Police have not said whether there was any connection between Marlow and the victims, and they have not released any information about a motive.

Porter said Saturday that police were aware of a video of Marlow that had surfaced that referred to “startling” ideas and language. He said investigators confirmed that the video was published after the shootings.

The Dayton Daily News reported that Marlow had gotten off probation in February on aggravated burglary and aggravated menacing charges stemming from a July 2019 incident in Vandalia, according to Montgomery County court records.

Several agencies were assisting in the investigation, including the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.