Murder victim's family holds out hope after suspect's truck found

Lori Hannah, 35, was found dead inside her Ward home on March 23rd. U.S. Marshals have now joined the search for her ex-fiance' Brian Keith Freeman, who is accused of killing her. (Courtesy: Destiny McMunn)

U.S. Marshals have joined the search for 41-year-old Brian Freeman, a murder suspect out of Ward.

According to Kevin Sanders, supervisory deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Freeman’s truck was found abandoned in a field in Royse, Texas.

Sanders tells Channel 7 someone called authorities after finding the truck with the windows down, and keys and some personal belongings still inside.

Freeman is accused of killing his ex-fiance’, 35-year-old Lori Hannah.

"She was the best aunt and the best mom that anyone could ever ask for,” said Destiny McMumm, Lori Hannah’s niece.

"She was always there for me no matter what I needed,” says Libby Pickney, Lori Hannah’s life-long friend. “That's just how she was. She would drop everything and be there for me, which she would do for anyone."

On Thursday, March 23rd, Ward police found the mother dead inside her home on Pintar Lane.

McMunn saw a post on Facebook about crime scene tape outside her aunt's house, so she called and texted Hannah's phone, but didn’t get a response.

The next day, Arkansas State Police issued a capital murder warrant for Freeman’s arrest. Details on how Hannah died are not being released.

"She had called off the engagement and that's what led to this," said Pickney.

"He couldn't accept it and was like if I can't have her nobody else can have her," said McMunn.

While Freeman hasn't been found yet, Hannah's family is holding out hope.

"We need closure, and we need questions answered, and we need justice for her," says McMunn.

Authorities consider Freeman to be armed and dangerous. If you see him, you’re asked to call U.S. Marshals at (501)324-6256.

Hannah’s family is offering a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. A cash reward of an unknown amount is also being offered by the U.S. Marshals Service.

A fundraising campaign has also been started by Hannah's family to go towards funeral expenses and a college fund for her 14-year-old daughter. Click here to donate.

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