FBI WANTED POSTER:
Newport, OR - The hunt for Christian Longo is going on national television. America's Most Wanted is sending crew members to Newport this week to prepare for the segment taht could air as early as January 12.
Longo, 27, is charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of his wife and three children.
The parents of Christian Longo, a former Michigan resident charged in Oregon with killing his wife and three children, have issued a plea for him to surrender.
"Our plea to Chris is to turn himself in so that we can get to the bottom of this horrible situation," said Eric Eaton, a family friend and spokesman for Joe and Joy Longo of Indianapolis.
"The whole family is extremely distraught over the events that are occurring in Oregon and deeply grieved over the loss of four dear family members," according to a statement from the parents reported in The Ann Arbor News on Tuesday. "This has certainly been a tragic event, and there are still many things to be determined."
On Thursday, 35-year-old Mary Jane Longo and 2-year-old Madison were found dead in a bay near Newport, Ore. Four-year-old Zachary and 3-year-old Sadie Ann were found a week earlier in an inlet about 14 miles away.
The Longos lived in the Ypsilanti area for several years until moving to Oregon recently.
Police say Christian Logo was sighted in San Francisco on Wednesday. The Lincoln County, Ore., district attorney's office said Monday that there was no new information about the investigation to report.
Longo is thought to be driving a Dodge Durango with Michigan plates that read "KIDVAN." Authorities received tips last week about a sport utility vehicle traveling east from San Francisco on Interstate 80 and spotted later in Reno.
That vehicle, however, turned out to belong to Oregon couple Bob and Linda Wiener who were visiting family in Reno, said Sgt Kelly Dead of the Reno Police Department. The vehicle was a Ford Explorer and had an Oregon license plate that read "KID VAN," Dean said.
Christian Longo was wanted as a witness until Friday, when he was charged with murder in the slayings of his wife and children. Because he is believed to have crossed state lines, the FBI has joined the search and issued a nationwide alert.
A Lincoln County arrest warrant sets bail for Longo at $2.5 million if he is caught.
Christian Longo was in debt, facing five civil suits from creditors and was wanted on warrants for forgery, bad check-writing and larceny by conversion in Washtenaw County and in the Toledo, Ohio, area.
About a year ago, he was asked to leave the Golfside Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
"Christian Longo was excluded from fellowship with the congregation in the summer of 2000," the congregation said Monday in a statement. "The reason for this was that he chose to stop living in accord with the tenets of our faith."
The statement did not elaborate.