UPDATE 2:10 PM WEDNESDAY:

LONDON — A London man is charged with two counts of murder after his parents were found dead in their home on Tomcat Trail about 5 miles east of London Tuesday afternoon.

Joseph L. Benge, 40, of London was charged with the murder charges, one count of robbery and one count of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 – auto on Wednesday morning after he was taken into custody by Kentucky State Police in Mayfield, Kentucky, late Tuesday night.

The two victims were identified as Johnny Benge, age 69, and his wife Mary Benge, age 66. 

Johnny and Mary Benge were found dead by another one of their children at 4:56 p.m. Tuesday. He called emergency personnel.

Laurel County Sheriff's Office responded to the residence where Johnny and Mary Benge were found in the living room of the house. The Sheriff's Office reported it appeared they had died from multiple gunshot wounds and both were pronounced dead at the scene by the Laurel County Coroner's Office. An autopsy was scheduled to take place at the State Medical Examiner's Office on Wednesday, but results of that autopsy have not yet been released. 

Laurel County Sheriff's Office said Joseph Benge left the scene after the shooting and prior to the arrival of the other family member. He drove off in the family's white 2015 Ford Taurus.

Laurel County Sheriff's officials immediately filed a stolen vehicle report to alert other agencies to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle. The Sheriff's Office also alerted the media and the public through social media that Joseph Benge was a suspect in a double homicide and that he was considered armed and dangerous.

Laurel County Sheriff’s investigators also were able to ping the suspect’s cell phone determining that the suspect was in the Mayfield, Kentucky area, which is about 4 hours and 40 minutes west of London. Laurel Sheriff’s investigators notified police agencies in the Mayfield area to be on the lookout for the suspect and his vehicle.

The Kentucky State Police in Mayfield located the suspect vehicle late on Tuesday night and conducted a traffic stop taking him into custody without incident. A weapon was found in the vehicle during the arrest.

Laurel County Sheriff's Detectives Taylor McDaniel and Detective James Sizemore traveled to Mayfield to pick up Joseph Benge and he was booked in the Laurel County Corrections Center at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday. He is being held on a $500,000 cash bond with a court appearance set for 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The vehicle was also returned to London Wednesday afternoon where Laurel County investigators searched the vehicle and found a handgun in the passenger compartment. Investigators also found throughout the vehicle two shotguns, a .22 caliber rifle, a handgun, and body armor.

Laurel County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation under lead investigator Taylor McDaniel.

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UPDATE 11 AM WEDNESDAY:

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 5 miles east of London, after a family member found his mother and father deceased there on Tuesday at approximately 4:56 p.m.

Sheriff's investigators found the two victims in the living room area 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: Johnny Benge, age 69, and his wife Mary Benge, age 66, both of Tomcat Trail, London. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene the Laurel County Coroner's office.

The suspect is identified as the son of the couple killed and is identified as: Joseph L. Benge, age 40, of London.

Joseph Benge left the scene afterwards in the family's white 2015 Ford Taurus and was presumed to be armed and dangerous. Laurel Sheriff's officials immediately flied a stolen vehicle report on the vehicle putting out an all points bulletin for other agencies to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle.

Laurel Sheriff’s investigators also were able to ping the suspect’s cell phone determining that the suspect was in the Mayfield, Kentucky area. Laurel Sheriff’s investigators notified area police agencies in the Mayfield area to be on the lookout for the suspect and his vehicle.

The Kentucky State Police in Mayfield located the suspect vehicle late on Tuesday night and conducted a traffic stop taking him into custody without incident.

A weapon was found in the vehicle. 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.

Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Taylor McDaniel charged Joseph L. Benge with two counts of murder; one count of robbery; and one count of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 – auto. This individual will be lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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. 

Investigation is continuing by Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Taylor McDaniel, lead investigator.

UPDATE 11:30 PM TUESDAY: Laurel County Sheriff's Office said Joseph Benge has been taken into custody by the Kentucky State Police in Mayfield, Kentucky.

LONDON — Laurel County Sheriff's Office is seeking a suspect in a double homicide and he is probably armed and considered dangerous, the press release from the Sheriff's Office said.

Joseph Benge, 40, is wanted for being a suspect in a double murder that occurred at his parent's house on Tom Cat Trail on Tuesday, but law enforcement officials have not said who the victims are.

The call of the double murder came into dispatch around 5 p.m. Tuesday. According to scanner traffic, the victims were Benge's parents.

The bodies of the victims were discovered Tuesday afternoon, according to Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

Benge fled the scene in a white colored 2015 Ford Taurus with a license plate number 118WFS, Laurel County Sheriff's Office said in a press release marked as urgent.

Benge's phone had last pinged in Mayfield, Kentucky, earlier Tuesday. Mayfield is about 4 hours and 40 minutes west of London.

He no longer has the beard or mustache shown in the photo.

Laurel County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Contact the Sheriff's Office at 606-864-6600 if you have information on the location of Benge.

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