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Police seek person of interest after two people found dead in Alabama.

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Source: MEGA; Helena police

Jan. 23 2022, Published 4:53 p.m. ET

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Authorities have released a photograph of a man said to be a person of interest in the investigation of a father and daughter found slain in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama.

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Helena police identified John Peyton Scott III, 41, for questioning in connection to the killing. He has been called a "person of interest in connection to a Jan. 19 double murder.

Helena police were called after the local fire department initially responded to a 911 call when a 12-year-old boy came home and found his grandfather unresponsive.

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First responders pronounced the man dead at the scene and called in investigators, who reportedly found the body of a woman who was also declared dead under similar, suspicious circumstances.

The Shelby County Coroner identified them as Chester “Chuck” Tarwater Jr., 75, and Sharon Tarwater Whited, 40.


Helena Police Chief Brad Flynn said Scott was in a “domestic relationship” with one of the victims, foul play is suspected, and nothing was taken from the residence.

“We don’t want people to think there’s a random killer roaming the streets,” Flynn told the Shelby County Reporter.

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However, lookout bulletins issued this week warned that Scott was “a suspect in a capital murder case and likely to be armed with a long gun and a handgun,” who “is known to take antipsychotic and antidepressant medications and known to experience hallucinations,” in Jefferson County and surrounding counties, according to

Scott is believed to be driving a red 2020 Ford EcoSport with the Alabama plate DV47860.

Anyone with information on Scott's location is asked to contact police at (205) 663-6499.

suspect alabam
Source: MEGA; Helena police

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