Police hunting for man accused of killing his girlfriend, 11-year-old in Missouri

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Aug. 26 2021, Published 4:25 p.m. ET

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A manhunt is underway for a man wanted in connection with the deaths of his long-term girlfriend and her 11-year-old daughter in Missouri.

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Around 11 p.m. Aug. 22 Boone County Sheriff's deputies received a call from a concerned person who said they couldn't reach Allison Abitz and her daughter Jozee Abitz.

Deputies responded to the residence in the 7500 block of Lavender Drive in Columbia, Missouri, and found both Allison, 43, and her daughter Jozee, 11, deceased, according to the sheriff's office.

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Investigators soon learned that JT McLean, 45, was Alison’s long-term boyfriend, and he was the last person known to be in contact with both subjects at their residence, according to the sheriff's office.

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Probable cause was developed to believe McLean murdered the mother and daughter. The motive for these crimes is unknown, investigators said.


On Aug. 25, the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney charged McLean with two counts of first-degree murder and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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Investigators have been unable to locate McLean, who was last known to live on County Road 55, Fulton, Missouri. They are now asking for the public's help to find him.

J.T. McLean previously changed his name and has been known to go by the names of John McLean, Steve Nagy and Steven McLean.

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McLean, a white male with a fair complexion, is approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds. He has green eyes and brown hair. He was last known to have grown his hair out, but he has shaved his head bald in the past.

McLean is a truck driver by trade, and has ties to Las Vegas, Chicago, St. Peter, Minnesota, in addition to Missouri.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of McLean or this investigation is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office through Boone County Joint Communications by calling (573) 442-6131.


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