Redding Stabbing Murder Suspect Found Dead

Following a widespread manhunt, the man suspected of stabbing two people, killing one, has been found dead.

Posted: Jan 23, 2019 10:07 PM
Updated: Jan 24, 2019 5:07 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Following a widespread manhunt, the man suspected of stabbing two people, killing one, has been found dead.

According to Redding Police, witnesses on the scene say that Francis Peter Lane stabbed 67-year-old Robert and Minerva Whitman after being invited to a dinner at their house.

Witnesses told officers Lane arrived at the Whitman’s home around 7:40 p.m. and immediately began stabbing Robert.

Those witnesses also say that Minerva attempted to intervene and was told by Lane to stop or he would stab her too. Minerva ignored the threat and continued to try and stop the attack on her husband. In response, Lane attempted to stab Minerva in the neck but missed striking her in the face.

When officers arrived on the scene, they say they found Robert inside the home. He was suffering from multiple stab wounds including a life-threatening wound to his neck.

Minerva was also found to have suffered a stab wound to her face. Both victims were rushed to the hospital. Robert did not survive. Minerva received treatment, but according to Redding Police, has since been released.

A manhunt ensued and ended Thursday, Jan. 24 around 3 a.m.

Lane's truck was located on Dream Street in Redding, near the Whitman’s home. Lane was found inside his truck. Police say it appears that he used the murder weapon to end his own life.


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