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Missing man found dead in Wayne County, suspect arrested

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Jacob Wheeler and Jessica Evans Jacob Wheeler and Jessica Evans
Investigators were on scene of suspect Danny Coston's home early Saturday morning Investigators were on scene of suspect Danny Coston's home early Saturday morning
Danny K. Coston (Courtesy: White County Sheriff's Office) Danny K. Coston (Courtesy: White County Sheriff's Office)

New details in the murder of White County residents Jessica Evans and Jacob Wheeler.

36-year-oldDdanny Coston of Carmi is in jail Saturday night, charged with two counts of first degree murder, and late Friday night, officials found Jacob Wheeler's body in Wayne County.

14 News was in White County just after midnight when officials were putting together the final pieces of the puzzle in that weeklong investigation.

"We've got a lot of people hurting tonight. We've lost two young people," said White County Sheriff Doug Maier.

Sheriff Maier says Friday, officials found a fender and car parts near the area where Evans and Wheeler had gone camping just a week ago.

"When we located that, it obviously led us in a little different direction than we'd been going," noted Sheriff Maier.

Deputies say those vehicle parts matched Danny Coston's vehicle, and when questioned, he confessed to the murder of both Evans and Wheeler.

"It does appear to be a random-type situation that, due to some events, turned into a horrible evening," Maier said.

Sheriff Maier tells us Coston is a neighbor to the Wheelers.

"He knew the father. Now, he did not know Jacob or Jessica, either one."

The sheriff's office says they believe Evans and Wheeler's deaths happened around the same time.

"He's been outside in the elements for six days. He wasn't in the best of condition, though," noted Sheriff Maier.

Saturday, while officials wrap up loose ends on the case, 15 minutes away in Norris City, dozens of cars filled the parking lot at Crossroads Bible Church, honoring Jessica Evans.

Sheriff Maier, hoping more details lead to more closure, for both families.

"They've all had a long week and I'm happy and hope that this will at least give them some comfort."

Coston is in White County Jail on $3 million bond. The sheriff's office says the states attorney's office will file formal charges early next week.

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