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Hunt for Two Men in Three Killings

March 9, 1988 GMT

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ Authorities were hunting today for two men suspected in a three-state crime spree, including the killings of three men in Arkansas and Texas.

Police also were investigating whether the men were responsible a bank robbery and the slaying of a 23-year-old woman.

The search was focusing on southern Oklahoma, where a car belonging to one of the victims, Kenneth Olden, was found. The two suspects were believed to have fled on foot, authorities said.

The suspects were described as two 18-to 20-year-old white men, one weighing about 190 pounds, with blond, curly hair, and another with stocky build and long, black hair.

The bodies of Cecil Floyd Morrison, 85, and his son, Cecil Leonard Morrison, were found in their Collin County, Texas, home Monday night after Arkansas officials found their pickup truck partially submerged in a lake there.

Ammunition and a check stub with the Morrison’s address were found inside the truck, and Arkansas officials alerted Texas police.

″They had been struck in the head several times with a tire iron or tire tool and wooden club,″ said Sgt. Anthony Hancock of the Collin County sheriff’s office. The men had also been shot in the face, authorities said.

The two men suspected in the Morrison deaths are also being sought in connection with the death of Olden, 34, whose body was found Tuesday morning on a rural road outside Saratoga, in southwest Arkanas. He had been shot three times, said Hempstead County, Ark., Sheriff Don Worthy.

A car belonging to one of the victims was found Tuesday submerged in a pond in Marietta, Okla., near the Texas border north of Dallas. Collin County, where the Morrisons lived, is east of Dallas.

Authorities were looking at the fourth killing and the bank robbery to see if they were related to the three slayings.

″Olden and those two (in Texas) we feel are connected, but we haven’t gotten a link to the woman and the robbery,″ said Hempstead County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Witt.

Deana Andrews Woodard, 23, was found dead in her Gainesville home, a few miles south of the Texas-Oklahoma border, Monday afternoon. Her throat had been cut and a bloody ax was found near her body, said the Cooke County sheriff’s office. Her infant son was unharmed.

Earlier Monday, three gunmen robbed The First National Bank of Seminole in Oklahoma, authorities said.

The gunmen forced four employees and one customer into a restroom while one suspect took money from the bank’s vault, said FBI spokesman Dan Vogel. The FBI recovered most of the stolen cash in Muskogee, Okla.