Suspect apprehended, children safe

John Richmeier
Donny Jackson

The Amber Alert connected to a Leavenworth County homicide has ended. The suspect has been apprehended and the two girls who were the subject of the Amber Alert are safe, according to the Leavenworth County undersheriff.

The alert was issued this afternoon after deputies with the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office discovered a homicide scene on Hillside Road near Lansing.

Deputies were called to that location around 1:30 p.m.

Two boys, ages 12 and 14, had been found dead at the residence, and two girls, ages 7 and 3 were missing, according to Undersheriff Jim Sherley and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities began looking for the suspect, who was identified as Donny Jackson, 40, according to the Amber Alert released through the KBI.

The suspect reportedly is the father of the children were were found dead and the girls who were missing.

Before authorities had learned of the homicide, a Kansas state trooper reportedly made contact with the suspect near the Oklahoma border during an unrelated traffic stop. The two girls were with the suspect at that time, according to Sherley.

Sherley said Amber Alerts were issued in multiple states. And the Sheriff's Office had cooperation from multiple law enforcement agencies including the Lansing Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI.

Shirley said the apprehension of the suspect was a joint effort on the part of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the sheriff's office from that area.

Shirley said investigators are still trying to determine what led up to the homicide.

"We're still working that angle," he said.

He said the case will be referred to the County Attorney's Office for charges.