The prime suspect in the deaths of a Kansas mother her three kids was arrested late Tuesday, almost nine hours after a multiple-agency manhunt was launched to catch him.
David Cornell Bennett Jr. was arrested at about 9:15 p.m. local time (10:15 p.m. ET) in connection with the deaths of Cami Umbarger, 29, and her three young children, an Independence Police Department official told Reuters.
Umbarger and her children were found dead in southeastern Parsons, Kansas, according to a statement from the state attorney general's office. The statement did not specify when or where they were found or the cause of their deaths.
Before he was caught the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office described Bennett Jr. as “armed and dangerous” in a statement and warned the public not to approach him.
Shawn Wheat, a news director for a Topeka radio station who told NBC News that he went to high school with Umbarger, said the victims were a "quiet family" who lived in a "quiet neighborhood."
He added that it was not every day that the small town around 150 miles south of Kansas City got a quadruple homicide.
Umbarger is a licensed practical nurse who was employed at the Good Samaritan Society, a Parsons nursing home, according to the Associated Press. The nursing home confirmed her employment to the AP but declined to comment.
Police received a call Monday from concerned co-workers and relatives after Umbarger apparently did not show up for work, according to the Parsons Sun newspaper.
Bennett was arrested in Independence, Kansas, about 30 miles west of Parsons and about 10 miles from Cherryvale, where he lives, the Kansas attorney general's office told Reuters. No charges had been filed.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.