Update on Family Killed in Crenshaw County

Police are still searching for a 16-year-old girl, her infant daughter and the person who shot and killed six of the girl's relatives in rural Crenshaw County.

District Attorney John Andrews said the bodies of the victims, including three teen-age boys, were discovered after sheriff’s deputies were called about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Andrews said there were no suspects and there was no official comment on what might have provoked the violence. Officials are still trying to determine a motive and find two people described as potential witnesses.

The district attorney did not identify the victims. But Coleman Ball of nearby Greenville said law enforcement officials told him they were all members of his family.

He said his mother, 62-year-old Mila Ruth Ball who lived in the house, was killed, as was his sister, 35-year-old Joann Ball who lived in the mobile home. He said the other victims were Joan Ball's sons -- 18-year-old Jerry Ball, 16-year-old Tony Ball and 14-year-old John Ball -- and 40-year-old Willie Haslip, Joann Ball's common-law husband.

Coleman Ball said Joan Ball's daughter, 16-year-old Janice Ball, and her baby were missing. They lived in a second mobile home at the site, and he said she had a boyfriend who sometimes visited her there.


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