Fugitive team actively searching for parents of Michigan school shooting suspect

Attorneys for the couple say they left town for their own safety, and will return
James and Jennifer Crumbley
James and Jennifer Crumbley were charged with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter in the Oxford High School mass shooting. Photo credit Oakland County Sheriff
By , WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) Where are James and Jennifer Crumbley?

Oakland County Sheriff’s detectives are actively searching Friday for the Oxford Village, Michigan couple, who seem to have disappeared and cannot be reached by law enforcement or by their attorney.

There were charged by the Oakland County Prosecutor on Friday with four count each of involuntarily manslaughter in connection with Tuesday's deadly Oxford High School shooting allegedly committed by their 15-year-old son, but could not immediately be located by OCSO deputies.

Sheriff Michael Bouchard the couple's lawyer contacted detectives Friday morning, saying she represented them and would make arrangement for their arrest if charges were issued.

When the sheriff’s office was notified the prosecutor had issued warrants later Friday, detectives immediately moved to arrest the couple, according to the OSCO.

Similar to the wanted couple's vehicle
Similar to the wanted couple's vehicle. Photo credit OCSO

The attorney then contacted detectives again to say she had made repeated attempts to reach the Crumbleys by phone and text without success.

“We have our Fugitive Apprehension Team, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service and others actively looking for them and have every expectation we’ll have them in custody soon,” said Sheriff Mike Bouchard, in a statement.

He added: “The action of fleeing and ignoring their attorney certainly adds weight to the charges. They cannot run from their part in this tragedy.”

Authorities said the couple may be driving a black 2021 Kia Seltos SUV with Michigan license plate: DQG 5203. Anyone who may see them is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 248-858-4911 or 911.

As for where they might be, that's not clear.

Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman, lawyers for the Crumbleys, said in a statement that the couple left town on the night of the shooting "for their own safety," that they will return to be arraigned, and "are not fleeing from law enforcement."

Ten students and a teacher were shot before Crumbley surrendered to Oakland County sheriff's deputies, sheriff's officials said. Four students who were shot have died. Several surviving wounded have been treated and released, with others remain hospitalized.

It's alleged by prosecutors that James Crumbley bought the gun used in the slayings as an early Christmas present for his teenage son, Ethan Crumbley. Official said the 9mm pistol was not kept locked up, and was readily accessible to the teen, who was allegedly told in a text by his mom not to get caught when searching on his phone for ammunition.

Ethan Crumbley remains held without bond in the Oakland County Jail, facing life in prison with the possibility of parole if convicted as charged with terrorism, first degree murder, assault and gun charges.

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