UPDATE: Suspects wanted in MCSO homicide investigation brought to Mobile Metro Jail

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UPDATE (7:30 p.m. 3/4): Colton Ketchum has been transported to Mobile Metro Jail. At this time, Mobile County sheriff’s deputies are still interviewing Lauren Finney.

Capt. Paul Burch said the incident started over an argument over gas money.

“He has no remorse what so ever. He’s a 19-year-old punk who ran over an individual over an argument about gas money,” said Burch.

A gruesome discovery early Tuesday morning near Coy Smith Highway and Frazier Cemetery Road. When a hunter found the body of Edwards Rivers, Jr, on the side of the road.

Through investigation, deputies believe Colton Ketchum and Lauren Finney intentionally ran over rivers in this vehicle.

After being on the run, deputies were able to finally track them down this afternoon.

“We got a tip of where they may be and Washington County Sheriff’s Office moved quickly on that. They weren’t in this place for a long time,” said Burch.

Burch said Ketchum did try to run from the residence and he was armed.

“A gun , an attitude and a drug problem,” said Burch.

Ketchum did not cooperate much during interrogation. Burch said Finney was very cooperative during the process to help put the pieces to this puzzle together and may or may not face charges depending on a final decision by the district attorney.

As for Ketchum, “he’s facing charges of murder. There’s no way to say it he’s a punk who ran over somebody and killed them over gas money,” said Burch.


UPDATE (3/4 2:00 p.m.) The Washington County Sheriff’s Office confirms two suspects wanted for the murder of 41-year-old Edward Lewis Rivers, Jr. were captured Thursday afternoon at a home near Calvert. Authorities have been searching for Colton Ketchum and Lauren Finney since Tuesday morning. 

Authorities believe Ketchum and Finney intentionally ran over Rivers with a vehicle around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning in the area of Coy Smith Highway and Frazier Cemetery Road. Rivers body was found on the side of the road by a Hunter. 


MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office says they are investigating a homicide involving a vehicle.

The sheriff’s office says it happened in the early morning hours Tuesday in Citronelle in the area of Coy Smith Highway and Frazier Cemetery Road. The sheriff’s office identified the victim as 41-year-old Edward Lewis Rivers Jr.

According to the sheriff’s office, Rivers was found laying on the side of the road by a man who was hunting for raccoons. Rivers was found around 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, ALEA troopers initially responded to what was believed to be a hit and run involving a pedestrian, but it was determined to be an intentional act and the sheriff’s office was called.

They are currently looking for two suspects, Colton Ketchum, 19, and Lauren Finney.

“According to a witness, there was a verbal, heated verbal dispute involving some property Mr. Rivers purchased from Ketchum and it escalated and ended up with Mr. Rivers getting run over and killed,” said Captain Paul Burch with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.

If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Colton Ketchum and Lauren Finney, please contact Mobile County Sheriff’s Office 251-574-8633. You may also send information through our website, www.mobileso.com/crimetips/.

This is a developing story.

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