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Man charged in deaths of mother, daughter in Columbia

(AP) — Authorities are searching for a central Missouri man who is charged in the deaths of his girlfriend and the woman’s 11-year-old daughter. 

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged J.T. McLean of Fulton with two counts of first-degree murder. 

A news release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department says authorities have been unable to find McLean, who works as an over-the-road truck driver. 

Deputies found the bodies of 43-year-old Allison Abitz and 11-year-old Jozee Abitz late Sunday at their home in Columbia. 

The sheriff’s department says that “probable cause was developed to believe that McLean murdered Allison and Jozee.”

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