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 Coronerís 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.