Police name suspect, victim in East Texas murder-suicide

Published: Nov. 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 3, 2017 at 11:48 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

FRANKLIN COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A man suspected in a Franklin County murder has been found dead in Hopkins County.

Hopkins County officials found 55-year-old Keith Lynn McDowell's body at 7:55 a.m. on County Road 2381 in the Greenwood Community. An official said he died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities are investigating the murder that took place early Tuesday morning. The shooting occurred just after midnight at the Still Meadows RV Park located just south of Mount Vernon off of County Road 3070. The victim, 31-year-old Angie Jo Smith, was found dead of apparent gunshot wounds. Smith was the mother of two children, ages 5 and 7. The children weren't present when their mother was killed.

A warrant was issued for McDowell and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said he fled the scene before deputies arrived. McDowell's body was discovered a short time later by a person in Hopkins County and contacted authorities, who were able to verify the person was McDowell.

Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.