January 4, 2012 by staff
McFarland, 24, and Atwood, 25, surrendered Tuesday in a desolate part of Nevada on suspicion of killing an elderly Utah couple, driving to Nevada in a stolen car, then shooting a woman during a botched carjacking.
The Fairview, Utah, pair were “pretty calm” when they were arrested walking in sagebrush country a few miles south of Oasis, Nev., said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Stewart.
Rancher and Elko County Commissioner Demar Dahl, also a pilot, said he knew the suspects could be in the area and kept an eye open for them while surveying his cattle herd from the air.
“We flew and looked, and sure enough we found them,” Dahl told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “It was just lucky we found them.”
The suspects’ stolen vehicle had not been located, and police believe it may have broken down in the mountains south of Interstate 80, not far from where they ditched police during a high-speed chase Saturday.
On Sunday, authorities issued an arrest warrant for McFarland in the burglary of the Utah couple’s Mount Pleasant home. He was charged the same day.
Authorities suspect McFarland and Atwood are responsible for the killings, and the carjacking and shooting of the West Wendover, Nev., woman, who is recovering at a Salt Lake City hospital, but they had not been formally charged with those crimes.
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