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Search underway for suspect in double homicide

By Heartland News and The Associated Press

PARIS, TN (KFVS) - Authorities are going door to door and have road blocks set up in an effort to catch the suspect responsible for the Friday morning shooting deaths of an elderly couple near Paris.

A Henry County sheriff's spokesperson said the couple was found in their home after a safety check around 8:40 a.m.  No motive was immediately released, but the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the suspect is believed to be driving the victims' pickup truck.

The TBI identified them as Guy Kenneth Walker, 80, and Barbara Jean Walker, 76.  Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said the two had lived off Highway 119 since 1999.

Authorities said the two were killed after the suspect broke into their home.  He's believed to have also stolen their 2001 Ford F-150.  It has a toolbox in the back.

Officers believe the suspect killed the couple after a woman called 911 at 8:04 a.m. Friday.  She reported that she had picked up a man to give him a ride, but that he pulled a gun on her.  She was able to talk him into getting out of her car at a store on Cypress Road off Highway 119.

The suspect is described as in his 20's about five feet tall with a little bit of a beard.  He was wearing a camouflage jacket and blue jeans.

Late Friday night and early Saturday morning, police continued to investigate and search for the suspect.

Dispatchers at the Henry County Sheriff's Department said they were even been going door to door talking to nearby residents, trying to find anyone who might have that bit of information that will lead them to the man that shot and killed the Walkers.

If you have any information on this crime, call the Henry County Sheriff's Department at (731) 642-1672.

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