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Billy Varner (Credit: Antioch Police)

Billy Varner (Credit: Antioch Police)

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Updated 10/29/13 – 8:56 a.m.

ANTIOCH, Ill. (CBS) – Police in north suburban Antioch said they are searching for a 54-year-old man in connection with the deaths of two women.

Billy Varner is wanted for questioning in connection with the deaths of two women, aged 82 and 61, at an apartment building in the 1200 block of Main Street in Antioch.

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports two dumpsters loaded with trash were lifted onto the back of a flatbed truck, and hauled away from an the apartment building Tuesday morning, while under police escort.

Police would not comment on the activity there, but residents said they were told someone had been slain at the building.

“They told me there was a homicide. That was all they would tell me. They did say that we shouldn’t worry about our safety,” said neighbor Jason Inczauskis.

For much of Monday evening, members of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force were parked in front of Inczauskis’s home.

Inczauskis said the deaths are pretty disconcerting.

“My wife’s been freaking out about it,” he said.

Nancy Kiefer was concerned too, because her husband owns the building at the center of the investigation.

“This is tragic. It’s terrible,” she said.

She also knows Varner.

“He worked for my husband, doing odd jobs like shoveling snow and putting down salt in the winter, and keep an eye on the property,” she said.

Varner was last seen driving a tan 2002 Chevy Express extended cab conversion van, with Illinois license plate number N943872, police said. The van has damage to the rear passenger-side taillight area.

Billy Varner (Photo from Antioch police)

Billy Varner (Photo from Antioch police)

He is a white man, 5-foot-9, 157 pounds, with brown hair, and green eyes, according to police. A warrant has been issued for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Varner or the van described should call police at (847) 395-8585.