3 people shot dead, 1 stabbed; missing-child alert canceled

Police searching for missing child, person of interest in Ohio triple murder

Ohio boy missing from crime scene believed to be in danger

Authorities in southern OH say an eight-year-old boy has been found safe after initially going missing from a home where three other people were found murdered Wednesday night. Police officers from all village agencies, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Ashland KY Police, and the Huntington Police K9 unit assisted in the search for Lawson but he was able to evade capture in the darkness.

8-year-old Devin Holston also lived in the home, according to the sheriff's office, but was not seen when police arrived.

Investigators said that victim had been stabbed in the neck and head and flown to a hospital.

Anyone with information about Lawson's whereabouts should call 911 or contact the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at 740-532-3525. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has been contacted and is assisting the LCSO in the search for this child.

Meanwhile, Lawson has been identified as a person of interest in the case.

Lawson was spotted by deputies on State Route 141, driving a Blue Chevy truck, early Thursday morning. Deputies briefly chased Lawson before he crashed his vehicle into a ditch and ran into the woods, the sheriff said.

"We are in the very early stages of this investigation and can not compromise the investigation by divulging more information", the sheriff said.

While at the scene, deputies were alerted Holston also resided at the trailer and had not been seen.

The deaths on Wednesday occurred roughly 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of the Piketon area, where eight people from the Rhoden family were found shot to death in four homes in April 2016.

The boy, Devin, lives at the second residence, the sheriff's office said.

Lawson is being described as a person of interest in the crimes by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.

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