HUNLOCK TWP. — Police have identified the suspects and victims in a double homicide after the bodies of a father and son were discovered earlier today.
Holly Ann Crawford and James Roache, both of Sweet Valley, are in custody and being questioned by state police at Shickshinny in the barracks located in Salem Township in connection with the shooting of deaths of Ronald Evans, 73, and his son, Jeffery Evans, 43.
Crawford, 39, and Roche, 31, both of 71 Dobson Road, were taken into custody without incident after they were spotted in the woods near Dobson Road in the Sweet Valley section of Ross Township from a helicopter by the state police Aviation Unit.
Both will be arraigned shortly on an open count of criminal homicide, according to state police Trooper Martin Connors.
Connors said state police were called to 71 Sunset Lake Road at approximately 1 p.m. to check on the welfare of the residents. Troopers found one victim dead on the back deck and the other victim inside the trailer.
An investigation led state police to search for the suspects in the Sweet Valley area.
Northwest Area School District Superintendent Ronald Grevera said the state police ordered the intermediate school on Sunset Lake Road to be placed on lockdown until the suspects were in custody. The homicides occurred a few hundred yards from the school. The students were escorted to their buses by state troopers as a precaution. Grevera credited teachers and staff with keeping the students calm.
Some high school students who live along the road had to be picked up by their parents rather than be bused home.
Crawford first made local headlines in January 2009 when she was charged with animal cruelty for docking the tails of kittens, piercing them and marketing them as “Gothic kittens.”
Crawford was convicted by a jury and sentenced to one year in Luzerne County’s Intermediate Punishment Program.
Crawford’s sentence had been extended due to violations, including testing positive for marijuana and alcohol.