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Bethel Acres man wasn't reported missing with teen

Kenneth Chaffin, 17, and Dillian King, 18, both of Bethel Acres, were found dead Wednesday in Ellis County, Texas. Pottawatomie County Undersheriff J.T. Palmer said King was not reported missing and authorities did not know a second person was with Chaffin until the deaths were reported.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Modified: March 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm •  Published: March 22, 2013

— Pottawatomie County authorities didn't know a second Bethel Acres resident was with Kenneth Chaffin, 17, when they issued a report Wednesday that Chaffin was missing and should be considered armed and dangerous.

“We didn't actually know there was a second one until we got the call from Ellis County, Texas, that two suspects were killed,” Pottawatomie County Undersheriff J.T. Palmer said.

Dillian King, 18, and Chaffin died Wednesday of gunshot wounds after a failed armed robbery attempt near Maypearl, Texas, authorities said.

Chaffin was reported missing after his parents told police some of their firearms, ammunition, money and a pickup were taken from their house Monday. King lived about a mile away.

“I wish I knew what his mindset was,” Dillian King's stepmother, Tosha King, said. “I think he was still lost at the time, and once things got bad in the situation, maybe he didn't feel like there was another option.”

Smart, misunderstood

Tosha King said her stepson had fallen in with the wrong crowd when he was younger — and once was arrested — but his family had hoped he was getting past that.

“He was kind of misunderstood. He always got into mischief,” Tosha King said. “He's very smart, and that's what killed me. He had so much potential. His test scores were phenomenal. He was always above average, without even trying. I just think he was one of those kids who didn't fit in.”

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