Two women found dead in Antioch apartment
By Frank Abderholden email@example.com | @abderholden October 29, 2013 8:08AM
Updated: December 1, 2013 8:06AM
The manhunt continued late Tuesday for a 54-year-old Antioch man who is wanted for questioning in connection with the “suspicious death” of two females, ages 82 and 61.
While there is speculation the two females are related to Billy Varner, the man police are looking for who is driving a tan Chevrolet extended conversion van, neither the Antioch Police Department, Major Crimes Task Force nor the Lake County Coroner’s Office will make a confirmation. But the mailbox for Apartment 1-A, the basement unit across from the communal laundry room on the west side of the apartment building at 1221 Main St., is listed as “D Varner.”
George Filenko, commander of the task force, said, “Investigators believe (Billy Varner) was one of the last people who had contact with the victims.” An autopsy on one of the victims was being wrapped up late Tuesday, Oct. 29, he added.
The Antioch Fire Department was called to the scene Monday evening for an unresponsive person. They arrived and confirmed the person was dead and turned th scene over to police, said Fire Chief John Nixon. They left, but then police called for them to return when they found another person in a different room, he said.
Varner was last seen driving a 2002 tan Chevy extended conversion van with Illinois license plate number N943872, police said. The van has damage to the rear passenger side taillight area.
According to ABC News, landlord Nancy Kiefer said, “He was an older man who didn’t have much of a job and didn’t have a lot of money and his mother was in a wheelchair and he took care of her. And, he used to shovel snow for us and salt, and he would look out for the property for us.”
Police also hauled away the apartment building dumpster for evidence Tuesday morning, according to ABC News. “When I tried to sleep last night, it was difficult to sleep. I was up all night. I was running to the window with every noise I heard. This morning, when the dumpster was moving, I thought someone was rifling through the garbage to try to get some evidence this morning. I was freaking out,” neighbor Felicia Johnson told ABC.
Neighbors say they’ve seen Varner hanging around the area and don’t think he would have gone far.
Authorities warned residents not to approach Varner if they see him, and instead call 911, On Tuesday morning, there were reports he was spotted at the Walmart in Round Lake Beach, but that turned out to be false.
Anyone with information on Varner or the van described should call police at (847) 395-8585.