Update (9:51 p.m.) – Scanner traffic indicates the vehicle has been located.
Original story: Authorities are searching for a suspect in a double homicide and arson case. The Pettis County Sheriff’s launched an investigation after the bodies of a mother and son were found in burned-out home on Monday afternoon. Investigators identified the pair Tuesday as Barbara Hudson, 56, and Jeremiah Hudson, 26. Sheriff Kevin Bond said the Green Ridge Fire Department responded to the blaze west of Sedalia around 9:30 a.m. Monday. The bodies were discovered later that afternoon during a search of the house. Bond also activated the West-Central Missouri Major Case Squad to assist.
According to scanner traffic, deputies are looking for a light-skinned black male driving a purple 1997 Plymouth Neon. He is described at 6 feet tall, 185 pounds, with brown eyes, and may be headed to Iowa. The man may be armed. Anyone with information is encouraged to immediately contact law enforcement. The Pettis County Sheriff can be reached at (660) 827-8626.
Press Release from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office
Two people found inside a burning home in far western Pettis County Monday have been positively identified, and investigators are treating their deaths as homicides.
Autopsies were performed by the Boone County Medical Examiners Office in Columbia during the day on Tuesday. The victims in the crime have been identified as 56 year old Barbara A. Hudson and her 26 year old son, Jeremiah A. Hudson. Both victims were residents of the home in rural Green Ridge.
Detectives from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office, and Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Drug and Crime Control Unit were processing the crime scene during the day Tuesday, collecting and recording evidence that may be useful in the case.
Sheriff Kevin Bond has activated the West Central Missouri Major Case Squad to assist in the investigation. The major case squad will convene on Wednesday morning.