The Associated Press
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) -- Law enforcement officials in Jackson
County are expanding their search for a man suspected of killing his
Robyn Weatherford, 15, was discovered by her mother Rose Downing
murdered in a shed next to her home in August. She had suffered
multiple blows to the upper body.
Police are looking for Sean Downing, 33, who became missing around
the same time Weatherford was killed.
Ocean Springs Detective Capt. Ray Akins said Downing was stopped by
New Orleans police the day after Weatherford was killed, but was let
go because no one knew Weatherford was dead or that he was wanted for
Akins said Downing's name has been put into a national database and
officials are considering giving the search more exposure nationally,
in hopes that the public might be able to help.
"We are almost 100 percent positive he's not in Ocean Springs," Akins said.
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He said the Mississippi State Crime Lab is still processing items
taken from the house. Officers from the Jackson County Narcotics Task
Force are helping with the investigation.