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Police Say Burglary, Assault May Now Be Murder
Posted on: 05/09/2013
By  Mike Cullums
The Marietta Police Department is asking for the public’s help as they intensify what had been an assault and theft investigation into a possible murder investigation.
It all started on March 19 at 11:30 AM when a home health worker found two residents of 914 Emerson Avenue badly injured in their home. (Emerson runs between the 700 block of Ninth Street and the 100 block of Dean Street.)  
When officers and rescue squads arrived they found 50-year-old James Allen Runnion and his mother, 80-year-old Billie Anne Runnion, both with numerous injuries including head injuries. The attack is believed to have happened the previous night or early that morning.  
Both victims were flown to a Columbus hospital for treatment. James was later released and returned home to recover. His elderly mother remained in Columbus for an extended period of treatment, then was transferred to the Arbors of Marietta for continued care.  
On May 4, Billie Anne Runnion passed away. Her body was sent to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy. Results of that autopsy are pending and a determination will be made if the injuries sustained on March 19 contributed to or caused  her death.  
During this investigation, police determined that prescription medication had been stolen from the house during the aggravated burglary and assaults of James and Billie Runnion.  
Marietta Police are asking that anyone with information concerning this case contact Detective Sergeant Greg Nohe at 740-376-2007. Nohe says any information, regardless of how minor it may seem, could be crucial to solving the crime. 
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