UPDATE: Newport murder suspect dies by suicide

Body found in Pleasants County Sunday night
Published: Aug. 29, 2020 at 3:03 PM EDT
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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - A man sought by deputies in a Washington County murder investigation was found dead Sunday night across the river in West Virginia.

A vehicle believed to have been driven by Jason Lee Taylor was found near St. Marys.

Authorities had been looking for Taylor since Friday night, in connection with the shooting death of his mother-in-law, Linda Gray.

It was around 9:30 P.M. Sunday when Pleasants County deputies got word about the location of his car, a white Buick Century.

”Pleasants County and St. Marys law enforcement both responded to the area. As they got closer to the vehicle,” Washington County Chief Deputy Mark Warden said Monday, “Individuals outside the vehicle, they heard one gunshot. As they approached the vehicle, it was learned Jason Taylor died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

Investigators from both Washington and Pleasants Counties are still processing evidence from the incident.



Jason Lee Taylor, the man suspected of killing his mother-in-law in Newport Friday night, has died from an an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said Taylor was found Sunday near St. Marys.

Details are sparse, but we will continue to update you on air and online as this story develops.


The Washington County Sheriff’s office is looking for a suspect in a Newport murder investigation.

Jason Lee Taylor, 38, is suspected of killing his mother-in-law at 1125 Bells Run Road late Friday night, authorities said.

According to a news release, Taylor was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue Real Tree shirt, and a camo hat. Authorities think he is driving a 1996 white Buick Century.

Sheriff Larry Mincks said Taylor’s wife told authorities she found Taylor sitting on the porch in the dark when she came home late Friday or early Saturday. He told her that he had shot and killed her mother, Linda Gray.

Taylor had his wife take him to his parents house in Marietta to get a different car, and authorities said, fearing for her life, she took him there. He then took the Buick Century authorities are now looking for.

Mincks said once she was away from Taylor, his wife went to the Washington County Jail to report what had happened.

Mincks said Taylor should be considered armed and dangerous. There are two firearms missing from the Bells Run Road residence and he is believed to be in possession of them.

Taylor has made comments about resisting arrest if law enforcement attempts to capture him, Mincks said, adding that anyone who see Taylor should call 911 and not engage him.

Taylor has prior weapons charges.

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