California authorities believe they have finally solved the shocking slaying of two young Bible-camp counselors on a Northern California beach more than a decade ago.
The killings and the mysteries surrounding them long had drawn national attention: 22-year-old Lindsay Cutshall and her 26-year-old fiance, Jason Allen, were found next to each other on a driftwood-strewn beach near the Sonoma County village of Jenner on Aug. 18, 2004.
The two Bible-camp workers were still zipped into their sleeping bags on the beach about 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of San Francisco, and authorities believe they were shot in the head as they slept.
"Many of us will never forget when Sonoma County was rocked by the discovery of a young innocent couple found murdered on a Sonoma County beach," Sheriff Steve Freitas said Friday.
This spring, authorities arrested a Sonoma County man, Shaun Gallon, 38, in the unrelated March 17 fatal shooting of his brother, Freitas told reporters Friday. Freitas said Gallon had come under scrutiny earlier in the beach killings, but authorities gave no details why.