PEABODY, MA (WHDH) - The Essex County District Attorney’s office confirmed Friday that Peabody murder suspect Wes Doughty was taken into custody in South Carolina.
Police said Doughty was found at around 3:30 p.m. outside a McDonald’s in Spartanburg, South Carolina. A driver said his coworker recognized Doughty from an article online and called police.
Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said Doughty was arrested after being questioned as a panhandler. They said officers found him begging for money at a highway intersection.
Doughty is accused of killing Mark Greenlaw and Jennifer O’Connor, whose bodies were found in a Peabody house earlier this week. Police said the couple’s bodies were found wrapped up in carpeting.
State Police and Peabody Police officers searched through a marsh off I-95 Friday, confirming it was connected to their search of Doughty. A rifle was found and sources said it may be connected to the murders.
On Wednesday night, police said Doughty carjacked Kenneth Metz outside a restaurant in Middleton and drove down to Boston. While Doughty was buying alcohol at a liquor store in the South End, Metz said he jumped out of the car and ran for help at a pizzeria.
Police said Metz’s car was found outside of a Waffle House in South Carolina.
He is due in court there on Monday.
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