The hunt for Casey Lawhorn, who reportedly confessed in a Facebook post to killing his mother and friend, ended after the 23-year-old was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On Monday, April 9, 2018, Casey Lawhorn’s body was found in Vossburg, Mississippi. Lawhorn was being hunted by law enforcement after leaving East Ridge, Tennessee, where he reportedly killed two people.
Multi-State Manhunt Ended
After the double homicide of his mother, Vi Lawhorn, and friend, Avery Gaines, early Sunday morning, a search for the alleged murderer began.
Both of the victims were shot at close range with a .22 long rifle.
A Facebook post police confirmed was written, then deleted, by Casey Lawhorn described the murders in detail. Lawhorn then called police to report the crime, and fled.
In his post, Lawhorn alluded to the fact that he considered killing himself. These thoughts allegedly began when he was a student at Middle Tennessee State University.
Part of his post reads:
“Let’s think critically for a minute. Ignoring everything about why I hate myself and why I’m suicidal from before midnight this morning, just looking at today’s events, how should I be expected to not kill myself?”
Police Knew He Was Headed to Mississippi
Towards the end of the post, Lawhorn wrote that his car had broken down on the I-59 in Mississippi.
On Monday morning, Jasper County Sheriff Randy Johnson confirmed that a body found in Vossburg was positively identified as Casey Lawhorn. The cause of death was reportedly a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In a statement, Johnson revealed that Lawhorn’s car was found on I-59. His body was approximately 100 yards away from the vehicle.