UPDATE: Man pleads not guilty in deaths of missing Kentucky couple

SPRINGFIELD, Ky. (AP) – A man charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of a missing northern Kentucky couple has pleaded not guilty.

News outlets report 52-year-old Craig Pennington of Springfield entered his plea in court Monday.

Pennington was arrested Friday and charged with killing 38-year-old Robert K. Jones and 35-year-old Crystal J. Warner.

Warner and Jones, both of Florence, went missing July 3. Their bodies haven’t been found, but the couple’s car was discovered Friday in Scott County.

Kentucky State Police say Pennington rented a cabin in Washington County from Jones, and the two victims went to the cabin to discuss the property with Pennington before they disappeared.

Trooper Billy Gregory says the search for the bodies continues.

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for July 18.

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7-8-16 4:20 p.m.

Kentucky State Police say a Springfield man has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder in connection to the disappearance of a northern Kentucky couple.

Troopers say 52-year-old Craig Pennington was arrested on Texas Mackville Road and taken to the Marion County Detention Center.

This after officers discovered Crystal Warner’s car early Friday morning in a gravel lot off of I-75 in Georgetown.

Crystal Warner and Robert Jones disappeared on Sunday.

ABC 36 will update this story as additional information becomes available.

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Kentucky State Police say they’ve found a car belonging to a missing couple.

Officers say Crystal Warner and Robert Jones have not been seen since Sunday.  At about 2:00 a.m. on Friday, however, they received a call about the possible location of Crystal Warner’s car.  Police say they were able to locate the car in a gravel lot off the 125 exit of I-75 in Georgetown.

Investigators say no one was in the car, and a search of the nearby area was unsuccessful.

Crystal Warner and Robert Jones remain missing, and officers are still asking for help from the public in finding them.  Anyone with information on the couple’s whereabouts is asked to call State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 or your local law enforcement agency.

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12:33 a.m.

State Police want the public’s help to find a couple from Florence who has been missing since July 3. Troopers say the pair was last seen in Springfield, Kentucky on Texas Road. They are 38-year old Robert Jones and 35-year old Crystal Warner.

Investigators say the couple was last seen in a gray 2012 Volkswagen with Kentucky license plate 9485-FS.

Cell phone records suggest the couple’s last cell phone use was near Frankfort in Franklin County.

Anyone with information on the couple’s whereabouts is asked to call State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 or your local law enforcement agency.

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