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UPDATE: Missing Twins Found Dead, Police Searching for Person of Interest

By: Press Release, Associated Press
By: Press Release, Associated Press

UPDATE

SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- The search for a man charged with killing two 9-year-old twins and their 73-year-old baby sitter is focusing on Selma and surrounding Dallas County.

Selma Police Chief William Riley said Friday authorities have received tips from several people who saw 22-year-old Deandra Marquis Lee around the city.

Riley says Lee is known in the area. Also, investigators say a car belonging to one of the victims was found in a community about 30 miles south of Selma. The doors were missing.

Lee is wanted in the slayings of twins Jordan Dejerinett and his sister Taylor, plus 73-year-old Jack Mac Girdner. Authorities say Girdner was a retired anesthesiologist who sometimes babysat the children.

The bodies of all three were found Tuesday in rural Lowndes County. Police say they were shot.

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UPDATE

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation, a division of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, is seeking assistance with information related to the murder of Jack Mac Girdner, 73, of Hope Hull and 9-year-old twins Jordan and Taylor Dejerinett of Montgomery. The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force is assisting in the search for suspect Deandra Marquis Lee.

Today, murder warrants were obtained for Lee. ABI agents have confirmed that all three victims were killed by gunshot. Information on possible motive and location of victims is part of the ongoing investigation and cannot be released.

On Wednesday, authorities located Girdner’s missing 1988 Mercedes Benz in the Minter community of Dallas County. All four doors had been removed from the vehicle by the time it was located. (Photos of vehicle are attached.) Anyone with information on these missing doors is asked to contact the ABI.

ABI agents have received information placing Lee in the Selma area of Dallas County. Anyone with information on Lee’s whereabouts should contact ABI Special Agent Matt Bowman at (334) 242-1142 or any local law enforcement agency. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the ABI’s Crime Tip Line at (800) 392-8011.

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The Alabama Bureau of Investigation, a division of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, confirms that its agents are investigating a triple homicide in Lowndes County. The investigation involves the murder of a Hope Hull man and 9-year-old twins of Montgomery who were reported missing Monday.

On Tuesday, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department requested the ABI’s assistance after the bodies of one adult and two children were discovered on a dirt road off Alabama 21, near Hayneville. It has been confirmed that the bodies are those of Jack Mac Girdner, 73, and 9-year-old twins Jordan and Taylor Dejerinett.

ABI agents have developed a person of interest, Deandra Marquis Lee, a 22-year-old black male.

Lee is currently out on bond in Dallas County for being in possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, and violation of license to carry a pistol. Lee is considered armed and dangerous. If located, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

Lee is 5'6", weighs 175 pounds.

If you have any information on Lee’s whereabouts, please call ABI Special Agent Matt Bowman at (334) 242-1142 or any local law enforcement agency. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call the ABI’s Crime Tip Line at (800) 392-8011.


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