Posted at: 07/14/2013 9:34 PM
Updated at: 07/15/2013 4:53 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri
State Police are searching for a suspect at this hour after a mother and daughter were found dead in a home in Sodus. Police say the women were checking on a neighbor's cat and when they didn't return, a family member went looking for them.
State Police say the bodies of 54-year-old Terri Moulton and her daughter, 30-year-old Stacey Moulton were found in a home in the area of Champlin Road and Route 14 around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon. They say the deaths are suspicious.
On Sunday night, state police say there is no danger to the people in that area of Sodus, but police said they can't be 100% sure until someone is in custody.
On Monday afternoon, investigators were going in and out of the home at the corner of Champlin Road and Route 14. As they searched for evidence, there was also a state police helicopter that searched the near by orchards. Police say the man who lived at the home, Shawn Yager, had been out of the country for a few days and the Moulton's agreed to take care of their cat while he was on vacation. They say around 1:00p.m. Sunday, Terri and Stacey went to check on the cat. When they didn't come back, a family member went to check on them. He found the women dead in the home and several small fires set inside. Police believe they were to cover up the crime. Police do not believe this was random.
News10NBC spoke to a man who has known the women for years. He says he works on the Moulton's farm and says Stacey did massage therapy.
Sgt. Mark Koss said, “We've got all our resources, we are going to bring in a lot of resources in to attack this. Like I said, we are very early on into this we are trying to run a lot of things down and get them run down as quickly as possible. This is a very peaceful, rural community. Again, the Moulton's were taking care of this residence, of the cats for a neighbor and it looks like, it appears, they may have interrupted someone who had already broken into the house.”
Alex Burlee, former neighbor, said, “I'm still kind of in shock about the whole thing being that it is not even a half a mile away from my old house. It could have been my stepdad for all I know. It's just a shock, everybody there knows everybody, we help out as much as we can.”
Police say they are a number of places around the house where it appears there was a break in.
Investigators are looking for a dark blue midsize SUV that may be involved, possibly a Mercury Mountaineer.
State Police are asking anyone with any information about this incident to call the State Police in Lyons at (315)-946-3044 and after 5:00 PM call (585)-398-4100.