Man facing charges over missing couple turns himself in

Associated Press

Atlanta — Authorities say the man who last had phone contact with a Georgia couple who went missing after driving across the state to check out a classic car sought in a Craigslist ad has turned himself in on charges related to the case.

Investigators had obtained warrants for 28-year-old Ronnie Adrian “Jay” Towns on charges of giving false statements and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. Authorities said Towns was taken into custody Monday morning.

He hasn’t been accused of harming 69-year-old Elrey “Bud” Runion and his wife, 66-year-old June Runion.

The Runions are from Marietta, outside Atlanta. On Thursday, they drove to McRae, three hours south, to meet someone who responded to Bud’s online ad seeking a 1966 Mustang.

Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson tells WMAZ-TV in Macon Towns was interviewed, and information he provided didn’t match what investigators already knew.