Cobb Police were heavily patrolling the area around Riverview Road on Tuesday night and are assisting U.S. Marshals in the search for the Texas Department of Corrections officer.
Albert James Turner, 44, is accused of stabbing his wife, 39-year-old Keitha Turner, and her mother, Betty Jo Frank, 66, during an argument early Sunday, shortly after midnight, according to police from Rosenberg, Texas. Frank was pronounced dead at the scene. The wife was transported to a nearby hospital, where she later died.
Rosenberg Police Lt. Colin Davidson said several children were at the home the night of the incident, as was Frank's husband, who sustained minor injuries.
Police say Turner fled in his 1994 maroon Honda Accord with Texas plates, which is the vehicle that was found in the Chattahoochee River.
Cobb Officer Joe Hernandez said a fisherman called 911 around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to report the car in the water. The Honda was towed out about an hour later and, shortly after, Cobb police were contacted by Rosenberg officials, he said.
Police are unsure how long the car had been in the water and if it was intentionally driven into the river. However, Hernandez said authorities were contacted by a woman around 2 p.m., who said she had seen a suspicious man about an hour earlier in the area who somewhat matched Turner's description.
Detectives in Texas told Cobb police that they knew no reason why Turner would be in Atlanta area, Hernandez said. Davidson said Turner is known to have family near Orlando, Fla., and Rosenberg police had originally alerted authorities along Interstate 10.
Turner is described as black, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 270 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Davidson said he is believed to be in possession of gray Texas Department of Corrections uniforms. His picture in the circulating wanted poster is from November 1997. Rosenberg Police are at (281) 342-5566.