Kevin Schuler (Source: Floyd County Sheriff's Dept)
Austin Scott (Source: Floyd County Sheriff's Dept)
HARRISON COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - Law enforcement officials say the double murder of a Harrison County couple is likely the result of "a burglary gone wrong."
Murder victims Asenath Arnold and Gary Henderson ran a business that gave pony rides. Neighbors said they were animal lovers and "good people." Early Saturday morning police said they were discovered dead in their Walk Drive home.
Sheriff Rodney Seelye said Henderson, a man in his 70s, had been stabbed and Arnold had been beaten to death with a wooden object.
"While applying for search warrants for that location we were contacted by the New Albany police department," said Seelye, "they had taken two people into custody on unrelated charges but indicated that they may have something to do with our homicide."
Kevin Schuler and Austin Scott, both 18, were booked into the Floyd County jail on unrelated charges. The Harrison County Sheriff said by Monday he expects the pair to be charged with robbery and murder.
Investigators believe at least one of the suspects knew the victims. They believe Schuler and Scott arrived at the couple's residence in the wee morning hours on a four-wheeler and entered the home through an unlocked door.
Detectives recovered what they believed to be the murder weapons and other stolen items in cornfields, creeks and in the woods. Seelye said they have recovered stolen guns, credit cards, and prescription drugs. Police are also searching another home in the area for potential evidence. They said the suspects are cooperating.
"This was a heinous crime and it was senseless and this was simply a burglary that went wrong and two very innocent people were killed as a result," Seelye said.
The investigation is ongoing. The Harrison County Sheriff's Department is being assisted by the Floyd County Sheriff's Department, the New Albany Police Department, the prosecutor's office, and the Indiana State Police.