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Man accused in double White County killing

CARMI, Ill. — A southern Illinois man is accused of killing a couple who went missing while on a camping and fishing outing.

Prosecutors in White County have charged 36-year-old Danny Coston of Carmi with first-degree murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Jessica Evans and 22-year-old Jacob Wheeler.

Sheriff Doug Maier says the victims had been camping and fishing along the Little Wabash River when they were reported missing Aug. 26 after they didn't return home.

Searchers found Evans' body the next day in the bed of a pickup truck the couple had taken on their outing. Wheeler's body was found early Saturday in rural Wayne County near Interstate 64.

Coston doesn't have a listed home telephone number and couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.

Coston is jailed on $3 million bond.


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