Jeffrey Eady, triple murder suspect, returning to S. Carolina

Published: May. 31, 2013 at 2:50 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM EDT
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Crystal Johnson, Jeffrey Eady and Sadie Brown
Crystal Johnson, Jeffrey Eady and Sadie Brown

A man accused of murdering three women in Charleston and Clarendon counties is on his way back to South Carolina after he was captured in Florida Saturday night.

31-year-old Jeffrey Eady was arrested in Mexico Beach, Florida around 7 p.m. after he crashed his car during a police pursuit, according to the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

At a press conference Saturday night, the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office said Eady was to have an extradition hearing Sunday morning. Eady would later waive his right to the hearing. Authorities are now on their way to Bay County to return Eady to Clarendon County.

Deputies there said Eady will be charged with three counts of murder.

Eady was wanted connection to homicides in Charleston and Clarendon counties, as well as a missing persons case, in which a woman is thought to be dead.

He allegedly robbed a convenience store in Adams Run and fatally shooting the clerk on Thursday.  A customer discovered the body of Crystal Johnson of Adams Run a little before 4 p.m. at the D&V Convenience Store on Thursday.

Eady is also wanted by the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office,  for questioning in a homicide that took the life of a 65-year-old woman, whose body was discovered at 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, at a recycling center where she worked in Clarendon County.

Authorities say the woman, Maybell White, was shot to death.

Clarendon County investigators say Eady also knew an 81-year-old Clarendon County woman, Sadie Brown, who was reported missing about 20 minutes before the homicide victim in Clarendon County was discovered.  He is wanted for questioning in connection with that investigation.

Deputies said Saturday night there is evidence Brown is dead, and they believe Eady is responsible.  They said the search for her body will continue Sunday morning.

Copyright 2013 WCSC. All rights reserved. The Associated Press & WISTV contributed to this report.