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All four teen suspects found after manhunt in SC; one of the teens connected to murder in Greene Co.

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Authorities in SC released this flyer featuring the names of the teenage suspects connected to a murder investigation in Greene County, TN.  (Source: WLTX) Authorities in SC released this flyer featuring the names of the teenage suspects connected to a murder investigation in Greene County, TN. (Source: WLTX)
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GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - News Channel 11 has learned that all four of the teenage suspects in a manhunt in Newberry County, SC have been found. One is the suspects is wanted in connection to the murder of his father in Greene County, TN.  

According to a press releases, the suspects were located when a citizen saw them run through the field and into a wooded area. Law enforcement officers quickly surrounded the area and a helicopter was able to track the suspects until authorities were able to apprehend them. 

They were all taken into custody without incident and transported to Newberry County Sheriff's Office. 

News Channel 11 is following this developing story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available. 



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Authorities in South Carolina are searching the woods in Newberry County for four suspects, one of whom is a teen wanted in connection to the murder of his father in Greene County, TN. 

Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns said his deputies were called out to the murder scene at 3905 Snapps Ferry Road around 11 p.m. Wednesday. Sheriff Burns says deputies found the body of Robert J. Blanchard, 36, with an apparent gunshot wound.

Investigators say, based on evidence gathered from the scene, four suspects and their vehicle were identified. One of the suspects is said to be the 16-year-old son of Blanchard.

An alert for a vehicle possibly connected to the murder was put out and by around 4 or 5 a.m. the South Carolina Highway Patrol found a car matching that description in Newberry County, S.C. Four people in that car got out and ran into a nearby forest.

Burns said that as of 9 a.m. several law enforcement agencies were searching for the people. He also said it was not known what involvement three of those people who fled may have in the murder.

CBS affiliate WLTX reports a South Carolina State Trooper saw three white males and one while female at the upper rest area of 1-26. That’s when a chase ensued in Newberry County, SC.  WLTX also reports a deputy spiked the vehicle's tires and the four suspects then took off on foot at state highway 34 and US 176. Multiple weapons including high powered rifles were found inside the minivan. Some of the weapons were said to be stolen.

Investigators in SC believe the suspects may still be armed and dangerous, so residents in that area are urged to stay in place and be alert. Authorities in SC released a flyer featuring the names and photos of the teenage suspects. According to the flyer, they are Liam Lawler, Shelby Riley, Zack Blanchard and Daniel Richards-Birchfield.

WSPA reports all Mid-Carolina area schools will operate in alert mode today as bloodhounds, helicopters and SWAT are combing the area. 

About 100 law enforcement agents are participating in the manhunt, according to WLTX. 

Keep checking WJHL.com for more on this developing story. We'll have a live report on the investigation in Greene County, TN beginning on the news at 5 pm. 

Copyright WJHL 2014. All rights reserved. WLTX and WSPA contributed to this report. 
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