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Murder suspect arrested in Oldham Co.

Billy Jo McLean, 54, was arrested last night in Wildorado, according to the Oldham County Sheriff's Office. He is wanted by local and federal authorities in North Carolina for his possible role in the deaths of his wife and stepdaughter. Billy Jo McLean, 54, was arrested last night in Wildorado, according to the Oldham County Sheriff's Office. He is wanted by local and federal authorities in North Carolina for his possible role in the deaths of his wife and stepdaughter.

OLDHAM CO. - A North Carolina man wanted in the deaths of his wife and stepdaughter was arrested last night in Wildorado, according to the Oldham County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say Billy Jo McLean, 54, and his stepson were located at the Royal Inn Motel just before midnight, ending a multi-state search headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An FBI spokesperson told the Associated Press that McLean is charged in the deaths of his wife, Calandra, and his 13-year-old stepdaughter, Tashonna. Both were found dead and burned in a Sanford apartment on Monday, and local authorities believed the Calandra's son was taken by McLean.

The Oldham County Sheriff's Office says the 17-year-old stepson, Tobias, was found with McLean and is now safely in its custody. Officials say Tobias called family in North Carolina while they were stopped at the motel.

The FBI began searching for McLean after his wife and stepdaughters bodies were found, according to an agency spokesperson. The FBI believed McLean fled North Carolina and police departments in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and in Washington D.C. were alerted, according to the Associated Press.

McLean is still in local police custody. There is no set date for his extradition.

McLean is officially charged with first degree murder by the state of North Carolina and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution by a federal court, according to the FBI.

Wildorado is a town located about 20 miles west of Amarillo.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This story was edited on 7/17/15 at 4:26 p.m. to reflect new information.

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