Valley woman found dead in home, suspects on the run

35-year-old John Limes (Source: Valley Police Department)
35-year-old John Limes (Source: Valley Police Department)
35-year-old Leslie King (Source: Valley Police Department)
35-year-old Leslie King (Source: Valley Police Department)

By Katherine Kington

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VALLEY, AL  (WTVM) –  Authorities in east Alabama are investigating a murder in Valley, AL and they need your helping finding two suspects who are now on the run.

Police say the suspects, John Limes and Leslie King, may have altered their looks as a disguise.

The victim, 59-year-old Kathlene Landino, suffered severe head trauma at a home located on South 1st Street -- off Columbus Road.

Landino's body was discovered by her son around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday -- her feet just inches from the front door.

Valley police tells us there was a strong gas odor consuming the home. East Alabama Fire Department arrived on the scene and vented the house, ridding it of all gases before investigators could go in.

Todd King, Landino's son, says when he arrived he found gas heaters releasing the gas, "the space heater that I had bolted to the floor was broken off the stand laying on it's side. The other heater was turned around all the way up so the flame was there. Yeah someone was trying to cover it up."

It's believed Limes and King tried to ignite the house on fire by leaking gas from the heaters to cover up all evidence.

Limes is described as a 35-year-old white man, around 6', 185 pounds, brown hair, green eyes and his last address was in Opelika, AL. We are told that he may have altered his look a bit possibly cutting his hair shoulder length and bleaching it blonde.

And King is described as a 35-year-old white woman, around 5'1, 120 pounds, with blonde hair,  brown eyes and her last known residence was in Valley. She may have altered her look a bit as well. It is believed that she has cut her hair into a bob and dyed it black.

King is the victim's ex-daughter-in-law.

The duo is considered to be armed and dangerous. They are possibly driving a silver 2002 Hyundai Accent with an Alabama tag number of '12B13M8'.

In addition, Limes has an active warrant for his arrest in Lee County, AL for a probation violation.

If have information on their whereabouts please call the Valley police at 334-756-5200 or the Valley Area Crime Stoppers at 334-756-8200 or 800-756-8282.

Officials say this is the first homicide in Valley since 2007.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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