Utah police have arrested a man and accused him of murdering two teens who had gone missing at the end of last year, as reported by People.
Jerrod William Baum, 41, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of two counts of aggravated murder, accused of killing Riley Powell, 18, and 17-year-old Brelynne “Breezy” Otteson.
Baum is alleged to have kidnapped both teens in late December and stabbed them to death before dumping their bodies in an abandoned mining shaft, according to a probable cause statement obtained by Salt Lake Tribune.
The teens’ bodies were found on Wednesday, just prior to the arrest. They were reportedly bound with their hands behind their backs and both suffered knife wounds, authorities have stated.
Baum’s arrest came after his girlfriend, Morgan Henderson, mentioned his alleged crimes to detectives after being pulled over for a routine traffic violation. She led investigators to the crime scene and told them that the motive behind the crime was jealousy, as she knew the deceased teens.
The suspect allegedly told his girlfriend that he made 18-year-old Powell “suffer” but that he “felt bad” about killing both teens.
He is no stranger to jail cells, having spent 11 years in federal prison on firearms and weapons charges prior to his release in 2016.
On top of the murder charges, Baum also faces two counts each of aggravated kidnapping and abuse or desecration of a human body. He has yet to enter a plea and is being held without bond.
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