Authorities in Gardner locate murder suspect’s car in wooded area

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Investigators have located the vehicle belonging to the Gardner man accused of killing his wife in their home Sunday.

Police were looking for 33-year-old Aaron Pennington, who is wanted in connection with Sunday’s homicide of 30-year-old Breanne Pennington in Gardner. (Massachusetts State Police photo)

A bow hunter on Monday night located a white BMW abandoned in a wooded area at Camp Collier, a camp that according to the Boy Scouts Troop 54 website serves Boy Scouts expeditions. Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. confirmed the vehicle belonged to Aaron Pennington, 33, who is accused of killing his wife, Breanne Pennington, 30, in their Cherry Street home in Gardner Sunday.

“The vehicle was located by a hunter. So we’re asking anyone with trail cams, any hunters, any people with video cameras at their houses, please give it to the police,” Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “It’s incredible how often that these tips help us solve crimes, find people. So we’re asking the public for all of their help right now.”

Gardner Police Chief Eric McAvene said at the same press conference that the areas authorities are most interested in seeing cam footage “in the old county area of Ashburnham, out to the Route 101 area.”

He said that anyone with footage or information to share should contact Gardner Police by calling 978-632-5600 or by contacting the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit for Worcester County at 508-832-9124.

The Pennington children are in the custody of the Department of Child and Family Services, Early said.

Early said that authorities are working under the assumption that Aaron Pennington is armed and dangerous and that professionals are tracking him “with an abundance of caution” and urged that “no one in the public go out and try and look for this guy.”

This is a developing story.

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