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Lamar County Double Homicide Victims Identified, Suspects Charged

James and Carylon Elrod

Lamar County investigators have identified the victims of a double homicide as 53-year-old Ronald Edward Hostetler, Jr., of Paris, and 38-year-old Cassie Mullens, Head of Wright City, Oklahoma. Suspects murdered them at a residence in the northwestern part of the county.

Authorities charged James Henry Elrod III with murder and Carylon Lynell Elrod with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Officials arrested both after finding them hiding in a camper in Haworth, Oklahoma.

Authorities had received information from McCurtain County Deputies that witnesses saw them in Idabel in the victim’s vehicle.

Press Release from Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass and Chief Deputy Tommy Moore

On Monday, April 26, 2021, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a deceased person call in the northwest part of Lamar County. Deputies arrived on the scene and found a 38-year-old female and a 53-year-old male dead. Detectives learned that a vehicle was missing from the residence belonging to the family of the deceased male. Detectives also learned that two other persons, a male, and female, identified as James Henry Elrod III and Carylon Lynell Elrod, were living at the residence, and they were missing. Sheriff Detectives and Texas Ranger Stacy McNeal worked the scene as a double homicide. They requested warrants for James Henry Elrod III and Carylon Elrod for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Detectives learned that both these individuals were from the Southeastern Oklahoma area, and witnesses saw them a short time later in Idabel, Oklahoma, in the vehicle.

Sheriff Detectives, Ranger McNeal, and several Law enforcement agencies: Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations, US Marshal’s Service, McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office, and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office in De Queen Arkansas, assisted in the search for James Henry Elrod III and Carylon Elrod. They gained information from the McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office that led Sheriff Deputies and OSBI agents to a camper in the Hayworth, Oklahoma area where both Elrod’s were found hiding and taken into custody.

On April 29, 2021, during further investigation in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, the vehicle suspects fled in was recovered in the Hayworth, Oklahoma area by Sheriff Detectives.

On April 30, 2021, officials obtained warrants for murder for James Henry Elrod III. Both Elrod suspects are currently in the McCurtain County Jail awaiting extradition.

The deceased male and female are Ronald Edward Hostetler, Jr., 53, from Paris, and Cassie Mullens Head, 38, from Wright City, Oklahoma.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families in their tragic loss.

I would also like to commend the excellent working relationships with all the Law enforcement agencies who worked tirelessly together to locate and arrest these dangerous individuals. Officials quickly put a sweep from Lamar County, Texas, to McCurtain County, Oklahoma, and Sevier County, Arkansas, to catch these suspects and to put them behind bars where they belong. The investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Scott Cass