Slain Woman Was Found Stabbed, Partially Clothed

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A Bellefontaine woman whose body was found in the basement of her mother's home was partially clothed and was found under a pile of scrap wood, investigators said Friday.

Tiffany Brown was stabbed multiple times, Bellefontaine police Chief Brad Kunze said.

Brown, 26, disappeared on Feb. 11 after dropping her children off at a neighbor's house and leaving to run errands.  Her body was discovered on Wednesday night, 10TV News reported.

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According to Kunze, Brown was probably murdered last weekend.

A person of interest in the case, Samuel K. Littleton, is being sought by authorities.  Authorities are searching for an elderly Logan County couple and their green Mercury Grand Marquis.

Richard and Gladis Russell once owned the residence where investigators found Brown's body.  The home was sold to Littleton, 37, who was the boyfriend of Brown's mother.

The Russells were last seen on Wednesday, 10TV's Tino Ramos reported.

The vehicle was last spotted on Wednesday at a rest stop in Butler County.   An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was checking random license plates and came across the vehicle, but it was not reported stolen so there was no further investigation.

Deputies said that Russell's car has Ohio license plate No. PDG-13E.

At daybreak on Friday, authorities began scouring the Russell's 80-acre property in rural Logan County.

Officers were seen searching in barns, fields and outbuildings for clues related to their disappearance.

The search has expanded out of Ohio, and involves authorities in Tennessee and West Virginia, where Littleton is known to have family, Ramos reported.

Anyone with information on Littleton's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or 937-599-8477.

Stay with 10TV News and 10TV.com for continuing coverage.

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