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Man sought in connection with Antioch deaths captured in North Dakota

Billy Varner / Phofrom Antioch police

Billy Varner / Photo from Antioch police

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Updated: December 5, 2013 6:21AM



Billy Varner, wanted for questioning in connection with the death of his mother and another woman last Monday in Antioch, was reportedly captured by the State Police in North Dakota on Saturday night.

Multiple media outlets, including TV station WGN, were reporting Sunday that the 54-year-old Varner was taken into custody after he allegedly robbed a church in North Dakota on Saturday.

Police have been looking for Varner since two women were found dead together in an Antioch apartment last Monday. They were identified as the mother and girlfriend of Varner, who police wanted to question in connection with the suspicious deaths.

Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd identified the women as 82-year-old Dorothy Varner and 61-year-old Peggy A. Henderson. Billy Varner is Dorothy’s son and was in a relationship with Henderson, Rudd said.

According to Rudd, investigators were told Henderson had a history of identity theft, so police are uncertain if that was her real name.

She has no family in the area, he said.

The coroner got a fingerprint match last Friday. In March 2009, Henderson was found guilty of identity theft and spent 90 days in the Lake County Jail, according to court records.

Both women lived at the apartment on the 1200 block of Main Street, Rudd said.



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