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October 24, 2012

UPDATE: No suspect yet in 6 deaths in Tennessee, Alabama

— FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Investigators trying to solve six killings at four locations along the Tennessee-Alabama state line have found a common thread: one of the slain knew all the victims.

Authorities had been looking for 24-year-old Warren Vincent Crutcher when he was found dead, the victim of a homicide, in north Alabama on Tuesday. He had been wanted since Monday for questioning in the deaths of three women and a toddler a few miles north, in Lincoln County, Tenn.

Authorities are still trying to sort out what Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm described as a "tangled web" of relationships between Crutcher, the slain and two young children who weren't injured in the attacks.

"All they know is there are four or five murders involved. And it seems to all center around my grandson," Warren Crutcher's grandfather, Lorenzo Crutcher, said Wednesday.

The grandfather said he hadn't seen his grandson in more than a month and didn't know what he did for a living.

"I have no idea. I don't know if he was living here in Alabama or in Tennessee. His daddy didn't even know where he was living at. He would just show up," the elder Crutcher said.

Investigators are focused on trying to identify a suspect and haven't issued any alerts to law enforcement or the public.

The puzzling case began early Monday when the Lincoln County sheriff's office was called to the home of 22-year-old Chabreya Campbell. Family summoned help after Campbell's 3-year-old boy — Warren Crutcher's son — called them saying he couldn't wake up anyone at the house.

The small brick home with children's toys strewn in the front lawn sits between Fayetteville and Huntsville, Ala., on a busy highway dotted with family farms and roadside merchants selling fresh vegetables, pumpkins and colorful fall flowers.

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