UPDATE, 3:45p ET: The Montgomery County District Attorney's office says the body of Bradley William Stone, 35, who shot and killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives in a shooting spree near Philadelphia, has been discovered in a wooded area.


UPDATE, 3p ET: Police have reportedly found the body of a suspect sought in the killings of his ex-wife and five of her relatives.

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An intense manhunt is underway near Philadelphia for a Marine veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives yesterday amid a bitter child custody dispute.

Authorities say they are expanding their search for 35-year-old Bradley William Stone to two Philadelphia counties.

Former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole said on "America's Newsroom" today that it's unlikely that Stone simply "snapped," as most spree killers fantasize about their actions beforehand.

O'Toole said it appears that Stone killed his sister-in-law and her family members before he went to kill his wife.

"That doesn't make sense unless you look at it from this perspective: When he got to the point he was inside his wife's home ... he wanted to make sure that he told her her whole family was killed," O'Toole said.

She said believes there was cruel and sadistic behavior present in Stone's relationship with his wife well before yesterday's horrible events.

She said that Stone is a "long-term injustice collector," someone who goes through life blaming people for what happens to them, without forgiving or forgetting.

"Their response when they don't get their way is extremely over-the-top and disproportionate to what's going on."

O'Toole said that Stone knows he can never go back from this and that's what makes suicide a likely outcome, either by his own hand or by the police.

Stone is described as 5-foot-10, weighing 195 pounds, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. He has an auburn beard and mustache with closely cropped hair.

FoxNews.com reported:

Speaking at an evening news conference, [Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri] Ferman said the rampage began around 3:30 a.m., when Stone allegedly shot and killed Patricia Flick, the sister of his ex-wife, Nicole Stone, at her home in Souderton, also killing Flick's husband, Aaron Flick, and her 14-year-old daughter, Nina Flick. Her 17-year-old son, Anthony Flick, was receiving treatment at a hospital in Philadelphia for a head wound.

Nicole Stone's mother, Joanne Hill, and grandmother Patricia Hill were killed next at their home in nearby Lansdale. Investigators were alerted by a hang-up call to emergency dispatchers, Ferman said.

Then, around 5 a.m., Stone went to Nicole Stone's apartment, located in the Harleysville section of Lower Salford Township, investigators said. Stone broke in through a glass door, shot and killed Nicole Stone, and fled with their two children, the woman's neighbors said. Authorities said Stone then delivered the two children, who were unharmed, to a neighbor in Pennsburg.

All three towns are within a few minutes of each other.

Ferman said authorities have recovered Stone's vehicle and his cellphone, adding that authorities did not have information about where he was traveling.

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Brad and Nicole Stone, 33, married in 2004 and filed for divorce in March 2009, according to court records.

The former couple recently sparred over custody of their two children, with Brad Stone filing an emergency petition Dec. 5 and Nicole Stone responding with a counterclaim Dec. 9, according to court records. The outcome of their dispute was not clear.

Nicole Stone's neighbors at the Pheasant Run Apartments in Harleysville said they were awakened Monday morning by the sounds of breaking glass and gunshots.

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