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Teacher Strangled, 11-Year-Old Daughter Drowned in Bathtub, Double Murder Suspect on the Run: Police

Authorities have revealed more details about the double murder of a teacher and her daughter found dead in their Boone County, Missouri, home late last month.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Allison Abitz, 43, and her 11-year-old daughter Jozee Abitz were discovered dead in their home on August 22. Police suspect Abitz’s longterm boyfriend JT McLean is responsible for the double murder, and he is believed to be evading authorities. He is also suspected of burning evidence, including two cellphones, according to the Columbia Tribune. McLean is reportedly a long-haul truck driver, and his personal vehicle was found at his residence when authorities went looking for him.

According to the Northwest Missouri News, McLean was the last known person in the home with the mother and daughter before they died. A witness reportedly told police that the trio was at her home the Saturday night before, and there were no signs of trouble.  A concerned family member alerted police after they were unable to reach Allison or Jozee, and the bodies were found Sunday.

A probably cause statement obtained by KRGC shows that Allison was found in bed with a shirt pulled up around her neck. She is believed to have been strangled, though it is unclear if the shirt was a murder weapon. Jozee was found wearing a shirt and pajama shorts in the bathtub, and police believe she was drowned.

A motive for the double murder is not known.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at 573-442-6131. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477).

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