Darien Murder Suspect Arrested in Florida

Jacob Nodarse, of Lamont, was arrested at his parents' Florida home

By Dick Johnson and BJ Lutz
|  Thursday, Mar 4, 2010  |  Updated 9:27 AM CDT
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A 23-year-old man sought in the murders of a Darien family has been taken into custody in the Florida community of Lehigh Acres.

A 23-year-old man sought in the murders of a Darien family has been taken into custody in the Florida community of Lehigh Acres.

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A 23-year-old man sought in the murders of a Darien family has been taken into custody in the Florida community of Lehigh Acres.

Jacob Nodarse, of Lemont, was arrested at his parents' home, Lee County, Florida officials confirm.

His family reportedly cooperated in his arrest on charges of Obstruction of Justice.  U.S. Marshals said Nordarse was sleeping in a van when he was taken away in handcuffs just before 4 p.m.

Nodarse has not charged with murder, but authorities say he is the prime suspect in the deaths of Jeffrey Kramer, 50, Lori Kramer, 48, and their youngest son, Michael, 20.  All three were found shot to death in their home early Tuesday morning.

Darien police had earlier issued an alert asking authorities in Florida to be on the lookout for a blue 1993 BMW with Illinois plates that Nodarse was believed to be driving.

Their alert said Nodarse was armed with a .40 caliber Glock pistol in a shoulder holster and "possibly suicidal," according to the Chicago Tribune.

The alert went to authorities in Jasper, Florida, a very poor, sparsely populated rural farming area near the Georgia state line.  Jasper police searched near the few homes that dot the locale but said they'd initially found nothing.

"This was mostly a safety check and we were told if anyone came into contact with this person, to use extreme caution," Jasper Sheriff Harrell Reid said.  

"We checked every road and every residence close to the area but we haven't found anything," Reid said.

They called off the search at 7:30 a.m., about 6 hours after receiving the call from Darien.  Nodarse was likely already south of the area when Jasper authorities got the alert.

"Florida is a very big hiding spot for fugitives coming down from the north," said U.S. Marshal Rick Jessup.  "It's a very large state, transient, easy to blend in, and obviously in this case, a lot of family members come down this way, so it's an easy place to come and hide."

Lehigh Acres is about 20 miles east of Fort Myers, Florida.

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