WHY I CARRY: GA Couple Missing After Meeting Someone on Craigslist to Purchase a Car

January 26 2015
by GSL Staff
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Here is another one of our “Why I Carry” stories. These stories, unlike our defensive gun use stories, take a look at situations that may have turned out very differently if the victim(s) had been armed. These stories are the “other side of the coin” so to speak and serve as an important reminder as to why it’s important to take responsibility for your own personal safety.

The fate of a Telfair County, GA couple is currently unknown. June and Bud Runion have been missing since Thursday of last week after going to meet an individual on Craigslist to purchase a car.

A suspect in the case was named over the weekend. According to local media reports:

Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson identified a wanted suspect in the investigation into the disappearance of June and Bud Runion.

Steverson says arrest warrants were issued for Ronnie Adrian “Jay” Towns, age 28. The warrants allege Towns made false statements to investigators and attempted to commit theft by deception.

Towns was described as 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 210 pounds, with blue eyes.

“We were interested in who last had phone contact with the Runions, and this individual did,” says Steverson. “We interviewed Mr. Towns early on in the investigation and the info he provided did not corroborate with our investigation.”

Several agencies continue to search for the Runions.

As always, I have to point out that a firearm may or may not have helped prevent or stop this crime. However, I prefer to have options whenever possible over simply begging for my life.

Also, when making purchases through websites or classified ads always meet in a very public place during daylight hours. Bring a friend. Let people know exactly where you will be and who you will be dealing with, and of course, be armed and vigilant.

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