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Boyfriend's body found overnight, Carmi man arrested for young couple's murder

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Danny Coston, 36, of Carmi is charged with two counts of first degree murder Danny Coston, 36, of Carmi is charged with two counts of first degree murder
CARMI, IL (KFVS) -

A man is behind bars following a shocking turn in a murder investigation in White County.

A young couple vanished last weekend while on a camping and fishing trip near the Little Wabash River. Seventeen-year-old Jessica Evans' body was found Monday afternoon in the bed of her boyfriend, 22-year-old Jacob Wheeler's pickup truck. That discovery sent authorities on a search for Wheeler.

Last week, Wheeler was considered a person of interest in Evans' death. White County Sheriff Doug Maier now confirms Wheeler's body found early Saturday morning in a rural area of Wayne County.

The Sheriff says evidence of a second vehicle shed some light on the case Friday. Pieces of a wrecked vehicle found near the scene were linked to a Carmi man. He was brought in for questioning and the Sheriff says he confessed to killing the couple.

Now 36-year-old Danny Coston of Carmi is charged with two counts of first degree murder.

Sheriff Maier calls the crime a "random type situation" that turned into a horrible event.

The sheriff says Coston knew Wheeler's father, but did not know Jacob Wheeler or Jessica Evans.

Authorities say they believe they know the motive in this case, but aren't releasing any details on that yet.

The sheriff says the state's attorney will file formal charges against Coston after the holiday weekend. In the meantime, Coston is being held on $3 million bond on two counts of first degree murder.

Wheeler's autopsy is scheduled to take place Saturday.

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