Manhunt underway in U.K. for suspected crossbow killer, 3 women dead

Police are searching for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford, who authorities believe killed three women at a private residence north of London.

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A manhunt is underway in the U.K. as police search for a suspect accused of murdering three women with a crossbow in a home north of London.

The Hertfordshire police are searching for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford, who authorities believe killed three women in the town of Bushey on Tuesday evening. Police have not named the victims, aged 25, 28 and 61, but said they are believed to be related. The BBC has identified the women as the wife and two daughters of BBC radio commentator John Hunt.



Authorities said they responded to a call at a home in the Ashlyn Close neighbourhood around 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

First responders discovered three women with serious injuries. Despite paramedics’ best efforts, all of the women died at the scene “a short time later,” police said. Story continues below advertisement The manhunt for Clifford began Tuesday night and has continued throughout Wednesday morning.

During a news conference Wednesday morning, police said the attack was likely “targeted.” Authorities revealed that other weapons may have been used in the “horrific incident,” as well as a crossbow. The email you need for the day's top news stories from Canada and around the world.

“This is an incredibly difficult incident for the victims’ family and we would ask that their privacy is respected as they come to terms with what has happened,” said Det. Supt. Rob Hall from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire major crime unit.

“Whilst we are still i.