Victims in Alex City double homicide identified, suspect still sought

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (WSFA) - Law enforcement has located a vehicle connected to an Alex City double homicide case but has yet to find the suspect.

Police say, Ashley Paul Kenney, 24, is still on the loose. The purple Chevrolet Geo Tracker he was last seen driving, was found in the wood line near a trailer park off of County Road 50 in Kellyton. That’s about 10 miles outside Alex City.

Alex City Police and CrimeStoppers are searching for Ashley Paul Kenney, 24, in connection to two Monday night homicides. He is said to have fled the scene in a purple Geo Tracker, which has since been found.
Alex City Police and CrimeStoppers are searching for Ashley Paul Kenney, 24, in connection to two Monday night homicides. He is said to have fled the scene in a purple Geo Tracker, which has since been found. (Source: CrimeStoppers)

Investigators said Kenney appears to have been arguing with his girlfriend, 40-year-old local waitress Stephanie Motes, when he killed her and her son, 18-year-old Cody Lane Motes, Monday night.

“He had been living there for two years,” APD investigator Anthony Burgess said of Kenney. “They had been dating, from what I’ve been told, for two years.”

Details surrounding the case are beginning to emerge but no clear motive is known. According to Burgess, the victims were shot with a 9mm handgun. However, the scene did not appear to show any signs of a struggle.

“There was a witness that was inside the residence where the incident occurred,” Burgess added, “and that person texted a neighbor.”

The house in Oak Hills Mobile Home Village in Alex City were two people were shot to death Monday night.
The house in Oak Hills Mobile Home Village in Alex City were two people were shot to death Monday night. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

From there, 911 was called and first responders quickly showed up on the scene on Oak Hill Drive. By the time they arrived, Kenney was gone.

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers is now offering a $2,000 reward for tips that lead to Kenney’s arrest.

He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you see him, call 911 immediately or notify the Alex City Police Department at 256-234-3421 or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP or toll free at 1-833-AL1-STOP.

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