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Homicide Suspects Caught in Alabama  Captured 

Polk County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating two homicide suspects who were seen in Auburn, Alabama on June 17, 2008. John Eugene Odom, DOB 4/4/70, and Susan Marie Wallen, 7/7/75, both of Lakeland, Florida, are fleeing law enforcement with Susan’s two children, 13-year-old Josh Smith and 8-year-old Brandon Wallen, in a rented 14-foot U-Haul truck with Arizona plates AA67396. Based on witness and investigative information, they now are believed to be in the Auburn, Alabama area.

Attached please find photos of the two suspects, who have Polk County, Florida warrants for their arrests for 2 counts each of First Degree Murder and Grand Theft.  

Henry Todd Bruder was brutally murdered and his body was found in his home in Lakeland, Florida on Saturday, June 14, 2008. His stepbrother, Dion White, was also brutally murdered and his body was found on Sunday, June 15, 2008. Investigation revealed that a man and a woman, identified as John Eugene Odom, DOB 4/4/70, of 2707 Harden Combee Road in Lakeland, and Susan Marie Wallen, DOB 7/7/75, of the same address, stole Todd Bruder’s 2005 Nissan Altima, and they obtained warrants for their arrests for Grand Theft Auto. At 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2008, Ocala Police located Todd Bruder's stolen vehicle abandoned at a Quality Inn off of I-75 in Ocala, and notified the Polk County Sheriff's Office. On Saturday afternoon the pair had checked in to the Motor Inn located at 3601 West Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40) in Ocala. Together with the Ocala Police Department SWAT team, PCSO obtained a search warrant to enter the room. The Ocala PD SWAT team made entry to the room on Sunday, June 15, 2008, but the pair was no longer there.  Investigation revealed the pair fled in a U-Haul that they rented on Sunday. The U-Haul they are believed to be in is a 14-foot long 1997 Ford F-350, with Arizona tag AA67396. They are believed to be heading North on I-75.

If you see John Odom, Susan Wallen, or Susan’s two children Josh Smith or Brandon Wallen, please call 911 immediately.



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Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie
                                                Date: 6/18/2008