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Sheriffs Continue Gregg County Homicide Investigation

 The search continues in Gregg County to find a suspect , or suspects, involved in the brutal murders of an elderly couple. Since we first brought you the story Saturday night, investigators have had dozens of leads, but so far no arrests. A Dallas medical examiner's autopsy has confirmed that Bennie Neil Killingsworth and his wife June, both 83, died from blunt force and sharp force injuries.

"Quite troubling for all the investigators on this case, very violent, we don't find that in every case we work," says lead investigator , Lieutenant Mike Claxton of the Gregg County Sheriffs Office.

For authorities, a composite sketch drawn from witness descriptions, is their focus.

"We are still looking for a suspect who was described based on investigative interviews by witnesses of the person we put out in the artists rendition," Claxton says.

The couple was found dead at their home late Saturday night. Today we were told there was evidence of forced entry, and that the phone lines were cut.

"We know evidentiary wise the telephones were cut, so all those factors combined indicate to us a planned serious event of offenses that culminated in the murder of two elderly people," says Claxton.

Their stolen truck was found abandoned behind a business late Saturday. Numerous people had an opportunity to see it, and at least one of them got a good look at the suspect. The Sheriff's Department says they're not only looking for the suspect in the sketch,  but another in the Longview area.

"We are looking also at a potential person of interest," Claxton says.

Investigators not only want to solve the case, but get justice for the family.

"We're going to do everything we can to bring those people before justice," Claxton says.

Funeral services for the Killingsworths are set for 10 am Friday at First United Methodist church in Longview. The family has asked that instead of flowers, those wanting to pay their respects should make a donation to the Gregg County Historical Museum, where June Killingsworth was a longtime volunteer.

Bob Hallmark reporting/

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