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Girls feared taken by quadruple killing suspect

ATLANTA, Georgia -- Authorities in northwest Georgia were searching across the Southeast on Thursday for a man suspected of killing four people, including his 10-month-old daughter, and abducting three girls who investigators said are in "extreme danger."

Law enforcement officials are searching for 31-year-old Jerry William Jones to arrest him on murder charges. An Amber Alert has been issued for the girls, said Clint Harris, a Gordon County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Sheriff Jerry Davis told reporters, "The way he's treated these people, I want him bad. I've had him in the Gordon County jail for traffic violations. I need him back in the jail for murder."

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan described the crime scene as "very violent." The dead include Jones' 10-month-old daughter, identified by family members as Jerry Georgia Jones.

"Several of the victims have suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and the infant appears to have been strangled," Keenan said.

The three other victims were adults: Tommy Blalock, Lola Blalock and Georgia Bradley. Davis said all four victims were related, but he did not specify their relationship.

The Amber Alert follows the discovery late Wednesday of the crime scene outside Ranger, Georgia, about 75 miles northwest of Atlanta.

The missing children were identified as 10-year-old Brittney Phelps, 4-year-old Brandy Jones and 3-year-old Tammy Jones.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead said the younger girls are Jones' daughters, and the 10-year-old is his ex-wife's daughter from another relationship.

"It's very dangerous for them right now. We're very concerned about it," Bankhead said.

Jones was described as being about 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is believed to be driving a red or maroon 1991 Ford Explorer with a Georgia license plate. He took the SUV from one of the slain relatives, investigators said.

"We do not know where he is at. We do not know where he is headed to," Keenan said.

David O'Donnell, who identified himself as Jones' brother-in-law, said Jones could be headed for south Florida, where he has relatives.

O'Donnell said Jones' relationship with the missing girls' mother collapsed over Christmas, and Jones had threatened to start killing people if she left him.

Keenan said investigators have issued a nationwide lookout for the Explorer.

A source close to the family told CNN that Jones has threatened relatives repeatedly, and Davis said he told the girl's mother that he had the children and would harm them if she notified authorities.

The sheriff said Jones appeared to have taken time after the killings to clean the crime scene and hide the bodies.

Davis said the abducted girls' mother called the Gordon County Sheriff's Department to report that Jones had called her and told her he had committed the crimes. When deputies first went to the home, they saw nothing amiss. Only when a captain entered the home on a later visit did they discover the killings, Davis said.

Jones' mother and stepfather died in the 1996 crash of Valujet Flight 592 into the Everglades, a source close to the family told CNN.

A call from Jones' ex-wife sent deputies to the crime scene, according to Bankhead.

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