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Missing Sanford man, teen could be in D.C. area

Posted July 15, 2015 12:35 p.m. EDT
Updated July 16, 2015 4:12 p.m. EDT

— Authorities believe a Sanford man who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife and her 13-year-old daughter has fled to the greater Washington, D.C., area with his teenage stepson, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Seventeen-year-old Tobias McLean hasn't been seen since his mother and sister were found dead inside the family’s burning Sanford apartment Monday night.

Sanford police were searching for Tobias' stepfather, Billy Jo McLean, of 916 Clark Circle, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Calandra McLean and 13-year-old Tashonna Cameron.

Law enforcement officers believe McLean kidnapped his stepson, who is mentally challenged and in need of medication, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. However, police did not issue an Amber Alert.

Calandra's cousin, Sirander Allen, said security video showed McLean telling Tobias to get into his van. Allen said Tobias was diagnosed with ADHD, or attention deficit disorder.

"(Officers) felt that because there was no physical force, Tobias had something to do with this," she said. "There is no way he would have left his mother or sister if he would have seen this man irate. He would not have moved."

The complaint also reveals that Billy Jo McLean was seen on security video purchasing gasoline at 1:18 p.m. Monday. At 1:27 p.m., he was seen entering the apartment with a gas can, and then leaving the apartment without the can.

The FBI has issued an unlawful flight to avoid prosecution warrant for Billy Jo McLean's arrest.

Investigators said Calandra McLean was found bound with duct tape and her daughter was found in the tub. There was no indication that either victim was shot.

Calandra McLean's sister, Sadie Goodloe, said the couple had been having marital troubles and that Billy Jo McLean did not have a good relationship with his two stepchildren.

Police said McLean was last seen driving a silver 2001 Ford Windstar van with a North Carolina license plate number CJX6906. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Sanford Police Department at 919-777-1051.