Mother and daughter murdered by same killer 23 years apart

CRITTENDEN COUNTY, Ark. — A Crittenden County mother and daughter were murdered by the same killer 23 years apart.

Martha McKay was killed Wednesday by the same man who killed her mother in November 1996.

According to officials, Travis Lewis tried to run away from the crime scene.

He could not get away, so he jumped in a lake and committed suicide.

Lewis had been out on parole since 2018.

Officials said in 1996, Lewis killed Sally McKay and Joeseph Lee Baker Jr., in a house on Horseshoe Lake.

Both mother and daughter were murdered in the same house.

Neighbors said what happened Wednesday morning was like something in a horror movie.

“We locked our doors and remained inside and prayed for the best,” a neighbor said. "We were able to look out the window and see them patrolling the waters.”

Neighbors said their community is usually safe.

“It is just a scary sad thing that’s happened,” the neighbor said. “We are praying for the family.”