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Teen murder suspect caught in Indiana

Missing girl found safe a day after her parents were killed
David Ludwig sits in an investigator's car after being arrested Monday.



LITITZ, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- An 18-year-old Pennsylvania man suspected of killing the parents of his 14-year-old girlfriend was captured with her Monday in Indiana after leading state troopers on a high-speed chase and crashing into a tree.

The pair fled Sunday morning after the slayings, setting off a nationwide search.

The girl was found unharmed and was being held in "safe custody" pending the arrival of Pennsylvania investigators, said Sgt. Dave Burstin, a spokesman for the Indiana State Police.

She has not been questioned because Indiana law does not allow interviews with juveniles without an adult guardian, he said. (Watch report of teen murder suspect's capture in Indiana -- 2:00)

Trooper David Cox, who apprehended the teenage suspect, David G. Ludwig, said when the girl got out of the car, "she was just frantic, crying, screaming."

Chief Richard Garipoli, of the Warwick Township Police in Pennsylvania, said he was sending four detectives to Indiana to retrieve the teens. He said it is not clear whether the girl was a kidnap victim or a willing participant.

"We will not know that answer until my detectives have the opportunity to sit with her and talk with her," Garipoli said.

After being taken into custody, Ludwig was "cooperative" with police, Burstin said. He would not disclose any details about what Ludwig said.

Back in Pennsylvania, Ludwig will face two counts of criminal homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of reckless endangerment, Lancaster County District Attorney Donald Totaro said.

An extradition hearing for Ludwig could be held Tuesday or Wednesday, at which time a judge would decide whether to return him to Pennsylvania, said Patricia Baldwin, the prosecutor in Hendricks County, Indiana, where the chase ended.

Sunday morning, police in Lititz, Pennsylvania, about 80 miles west of Philadelphia, discovered the bodies of Michael and Cathryn Borden, both 50, who had each been shot once in the head.

A 15-year-old sister, Kaitlin, told police she witnessed the slaying of her father and then hid in a bathroom, from where she heard another shot, presumably the one that killed her mother.

Her 9-year-old brother, David, was also in the home at the time and ran to a neighbor's house to summon help, police said.

Police said Kaitlin Borden told them Ludwig brought her sister home early Sunday morning after they had stayed out all night, triggering an argument between her father and Ludwig that ended in the shootings.

Police said the sister told them Ludwig then called for her sister, and the two fled the scene. The pair were both home-schooled and had met at a home-schooling event.

Authorities immediately issued an Amber alert for the missing girl, treating the case as a kidnapping.

Monday morning, police received a call from someone who thought they spotted Ludwig's car on Interstate 69 south of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Burstin said. A radio call then went out to Indiana troopers to be on the lookout.

Around noon, troopers tried to stop a red Volkswagen Jetta belonging to Ludwig's parents after spotting it on Interstate 70, about 20 miles west of Indianapolis.

Ludwig drove onto a state road and began trying to outrun two pursuing police cars at speeds in excess of 90 mph, Cox said.

He was driving on the wrong side of the road in a "very reckless manner," running several vehicles off the road, Cox said.

Five miles from where the pursuit began, Ludwig's vehicle was bumped by a police car, causing him to leave the roadway and crash into a tree, Cox said.

Neither Ludwig nor his girlfriend were hurt in the crash, Burstin said.

Police said there had been at least two reported sightings of Ludwig and the girl.

In addition to the suspect's girlfriend, Kaitlin and David, the Bordens had two other children: a son in his mid-20s who lives in the Chicago, Illinois, area and another son in his early 20s in the military in Maryland.

CNN's Allan Chernoff contributed to this report.

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