UPDATE: Weapons found in search related to man suspected of killing his parents

UPDATE, 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020

– Photos courtesy Laurel County Sheriff’s Department

LAUREL COUTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 40-year-old London, Ky., man accused of robbing and killing his parents had several weapons in his car, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

The weapons were seized during a search of the car.

As the investigation into the double homicide continues, on Wednesday afternoon Sept. 16,  Root, Deputy Taylor McDaniel, Lieut. Chris Edwards, and Maj. Chuck Johnson executed a search warrant on the 2015 white Ford Taurus impounded when Joseph Benge was arrested Tuesday night in Mayfield, Ky.

Officers there recovered a handgun in the passenger compartment when he was arrested.

During the search of the car, investigators found two shotguns, a.22 caliber rifle, a handgun, and body armor.

The investigation is continuing by the lead investigator Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Taylor McDaniel.

Also assisting on the execution of the search warrant were for Laurel Sheriff’s office: Laurel County Sheriff John Root, Maj. Chuck Johnson, Lieut. Chris Edwards, Detective Taylor McDaniel -lead investigator ,Detective Richard Dalrymple, Capt. Robbie Grimes, Detective Bryon Lawson, Detective Robert Reed, and Detective Brad Mitchell.

UPDATE 10:40 a.m. WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The man suspected of robbing and killing his mother and father Tuesday

The scene Tuesday afternoon on Tom Cat Trail/Laurel County Sheriff’s Department

has been returned to Laurel County.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root along with Detective Taylor McDaniel, Major Chuck Johnson, Lieut. Chris Edwards, Sheriff’s detectives and deputies are investigating a double murder off Tomcat Trail approximately five miles east of London after a family member found his mother and father dead just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators found the two victims in the living room of the house and reported that both apparently died from multiple gunshot wounds.

An autopsy will be conducted on Wednesday in Frankfort .

The two victims were identified as 69-year-old Johnny Benge and his wife, 66-year-old Mary Benge, who both lived at the home.

The suspect, the couple’s son, 40-year-old Joseph L. Benge, of London, left  the scene afterwards in the family’s white 2015 Ford Taurus, according to the sheriff.

The department notified law enforcement across the region and pinged the younger Benge’s cell phone, locating it in Mayfield, Ky.

The Kentucky State Police found the car late Tuesday night and conducted a traffic stop, taking him into custody without incident. A weapon was found in the vehicle, Root said.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Detectives Taylor McDaniel and Detective James Sizemore traveled  to Mayfield to pick the suspect up and return him to Laurel County. In addition, the car will be returned to London, accordig to the department.

Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Taylor McDaniel charged Joseph L. Benge with two counts of murder; one count of robbery; one count of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 – auto.

Assisting for the Laurel County Sheriff’s office were: Laurel County Sheriff John Root, Maj. Chuck Johnson, Lieut. Chris Edwards, Sgt. Greg Poynter, Detective Richard Dalrymple, Detective Robert Reed, Detective James Sizemore, Detective Bryon Lawson,Detective Taylor McDaniel, Deputy Brad Mink, Deputy Jake Miller, Deputy Hunter Disney, Deputy Daniel Reed, and Deputy Dustin Saylor.

Also assisting at the scene was: Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County and the Laurel County Coroner’s office. Photo of suspect and photo of crime scene on Tomcat Trail attached to this report. Investigation is continuing by Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Taylor McDaniel, lead investigator.

UPDATE 9/15/20 11:35 p.m.

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- A double murder suspect has been captured just hours after landing on the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office’s most wanted list.

Deputies say Joseph L. Benge was caught Tuesday night in Mayfield in Western Kentucky by the Kentucky State Police.

He’s accused of murdering two people off Tom Cat Trail and driving off in a Ford Taurus.

ORIGINAL STORY 9/15/20 7 p.m.

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man, Joseph L. Benge, accused of a double murder.

Deputies say Benge is probably armed and is considered dangerous.

The murder was discovered on Tuesday afternoon and took place off of Tom Cat Trail.

According to deputies, Benge drove off in a white Ford Taurus with  Kentucky License plate #118WFS. Officials pinged his phone, which was located in Mayfield, Kentucky.

According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, Benge is 40 years old and is now clean shaven, unlike his photo.

If you have any information, contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-6600.

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