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Man wanted for North Texas murder arrested in LA

STONEWALL, LA (KSLA) - A man wanted for a triple homicide in North Texas was arrested in Stonewall, Louisiana after his truck broke down.

Details are still emerging, but the murders took place in Fannin County, Texas, and is being investigated by the Texas Rangers.

KSLA News 12's Tracy Clemons says the suspect is identified as 52-year-old Thomas Taunton. U.S. Marshal Henry Whitehorn confirms the arrest was made with the assistance of the Caddo and DeSoto Sheriff's offices.

Authorities say they found Taunton after his Ford F-250 broke down. He took the truck to Jimmy Granger Ford in Stonewall and got a loaner vehicle. He then came to Shreveport for a short time then went back to the Stonewall dealership. The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office says Deputy Kevin Calhoun spotted the suspect and his truck and called for backup.

Whitehorn says the request for assistance in the hunt for the suspect came from the U.S. Marshal's Eastern Division Office in Texas through the Violent Offender Task Force.

So far the Fannin County Sheriff's Office is still considering this a missing person's case. A release from the department says they were called about three people missing from a home in the southern part of the county and that foul play may be involved. Deputies eventually forced their way into the home when no one came to the door.

Investigators say they didn't find anyone in the home, but there was evidence found that suggested a crime was committed. So far they have not said anything else about their investigation.

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