A body was found on Tuesday near the home of an Iraq War veteran suspected of fatally shooting six family members in Pennsylvania, a district attorney said.
The Montgomery County district attorney did not immediately confirm media reports that the body was that of suspect Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg.
The search for Bradley William Stone, 35, is on its second day and prompted lockdowns and cancellations of area schools, authorities said.
A search of Stone’s home and car yielded evidence, including his cell phone from which authorities pulled a photo that they digitally altered so the public could be on the lookout for the recently shaved Stone, she said.
Safe and secure were Stone’s daughters, ages 8 and 5, whom he took from his ex-wife’s house and left with a neighbor on Monday, and his current wife and infant child, Ferman said.
It was Pennsylvania’s second recent high-profile manhunt after a seven-week chase to capture survivalist Eric Frein, 31, accused of killing a state trooper in September.
Stone suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, the Bucks County Courier Times reported. He enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 2002, was deployed to Iraq and was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant in 2011, according to military spokesman Captain Dustin Pratico.
Autopsies on the bodies were underway on Tuesday. A law enforcement source said some of the bodies had stab wounds, some gunshot wounds and some may have had both.
Stone and his ex-wife, Nicole, 33, filed for divorce in 2009 and continued to have a custody battle. Stone asked a court on Dec. 5 to grant him custody on an emergency basis, according to court records.