UPDATE: Parsons Murder Suspect In Custody

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s Office confirmed that homicide suspect David Cornell Bennett, Jr., was apprehended tonight in Independence, Kan., by law enforcement officials. The investigation remains ongoing.

Any criminal prosecution resulting from the investigation will be handled by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office at the request of the Labette County Attorney. No charges have been filed. Any charges that might arise from the investigation are merely accusations. Individuals are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.

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The Montgomery County Sheriff has issued a release for residents of Independence to be on the lookout for the suspect in a murder case out of Parsons.

According to a news release, they said “Residents should be on the lookout for a black male, 22 years of age, 5 ft 5 inches tall, weighs 145 pounds, and has brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a black jacket with purple hoodie underneath, ball cap with unknown writing, and blue jeans.”

They say the suspect, David Cornell Bennett, Jr., of Cherryvale, Kan., is wanted in connection to a multiple homicide investigation out of Parsons.

He was last confirmed seen on Wednesday  around 12:45 p.m. at 3176 W. Main St. in Independence.

They say he is considered armed and dangerous and if seen, call 911 right away.

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Police in southeast Kansas are investigating the deaths of a mother and her three young children.

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office said in a release Tuesday the victims are 29-year-old Cami Umbarger, of Parsons, and her three minor children. The attorney general’s office did not say how the four were killed or provide other details about their deaths.

The attorney general’s office said authorities are seeking a male suspect, but no charges have been filed.

Police received a call Monday from concerned co-workers and family members that Umbarger didn’t show up for work.

Parsons police, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies are investigating. Parsons has about 10,500 residents and is about 125 miles southeast of Wichita in Labette County.

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The Parsons Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies are investigating the deaths of four individuals in Parsons.

The deceased individuals are identified as Cami Umbarger, 29, and her three minor children.

Authorities are seeking a suspect, David Cornell Bennett, Jr., of Cherryvale, Kan.

Any criminal prosecution resulting from the investigation will be handled by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office at the request of the Labette County Attorney.

No charges have been filed. Any charges that might arise from the investigation are merely accusations. Individuals are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.

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