Son arrested for killing his mother and father

By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Police say they have found and arrested a Hardin County man missing since September 21st. He's charged with murdering his two elderly parents in their home.

Police searched for 35-year-old Erik Buggeland for eight days without a single sighting until early Wednesday morning when police in a small Tennessee town found him in a missing car.

"He takes off at times and never answers to where he's going," said Buggeland's older brother Steven.

Just after the murders Steven, told WAVE3 he didn't think Erik was on the right medication and it made him angry. Both suffer from Schizoaffective Disorder, which affects their moods and can cause delusions and/or hallucinations.

Steven said he didn't think his brother was capable of hurting their parents.

"Maybe a fist or throw a fist or two, but he's not going to kill them," said Steven.

Steven declined to comment after learning of his brother's arrest. Erik was picked-up early Wednesday morning in Adamsville, TN.

"He didn't have any money," said Adamsville City Police Chief Bill McCall. "He was tired and sleepy and he was trying to find a place to go to sleep. My officer told him he couldn't sleep there, but we had a city park he was more than welcome to go to."

McCall says his officer ran the plates and found Kentucky authorities were looking for him.

"They were after him or looking for him as a missing person that was in danger is what the printout read," said McCall. "Also down further said was also a suspect in a double homicide."

McCall says Buggered did not get angry and was arrested without incident.

Buggeland is currently in the McNairy County Jail in Tennessee. He is charged with two counts of murder. He could be extradited to Kentucky in the first week of October.

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