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S.C. triple murder suspect captured in Fla.

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Jeffrey Eady, 31, of Clarendon County, SC
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  • (WXIA) -- Jeffrey Eady, 31, was captured in Mexico Beach, Fla. after a chase with police on Sunday. Clarendon County law enforcement officials said he was taken into custody after the vehicle he was driving crashed.

    Eady, of Clarendon County, S.C., was the subject of a U.S. Marshals alert in Georgia after he was seen in Savannah and Macon.

    On Friday, U.S. Marshals in Georgia and law enforcement officials in South Carolina warned Georgians "he likes killing people." They said Eady was wanted for two murders and possibly a third in South Carolina.

    The fugitive was recently released from prison after more than 10 years on an armed robbery conviction. South Carolina law enforcement officials said he was on a killing spree and appeared to be heading toward Atlanta.

    On Thursday, May 30 sheriff deputies responding to a missing persons report in Clarendon County found the body of Maybell White, 65, at a recycling facility. Authorities are still looking for a second woman, 81 year old Sadie Brown, but they fear she may be dead and Eady is their suspect. Her car was found hidden and partially burned in a wooded area.

    Authorities say Eady stole White's car after killing her and drove to Charleston, S.C., where he robbed a convenience store. Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said Eady took the clerk, 37-year-old Crystal Johnson, to the back of the store and executed her with a gunshot to the head.

    Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett said Eady was spotted Friday morning after he crossed the state line into Georgia. The last sighting was in Macon where Eady stole lottery tickets from a convenience store, according to Sheriff Garrett.

    That prompted U.S. Marshals in Atlanta to put out a public safety notice Friday. Inspector Eric Heinze told 11Alive News they had no indication Eady was in Atlanta but wanted to warn the public. He characterized Eady as "extremely dangerous."

    Sheriff Garrett spared no words in characterizing the fugitive calling him "a cold blooded killer." 

    "I think he's become accustom to killing and he likes it," Garrett said. "He's not going to ask for anything, he's going to take it, and he's going to kill you when he takes it."

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