Killer Identified in 2004 Jenner Beach Case

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SONOMA -- Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas says a suspect is in custody in the killings of a young couple at a Jenner beach more than a decade ago.

He says 38-year-old Shaun Gallon of Forestville was arrested in the killing of his brother, and investigators interrogated him in the 2004 Jenner killings. Gallon was convicted in 2009 after shooting an arrow at a man sitting in a car.

The bodies of 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 Jenner, California, on Aug. 18, 2004.

The sheriff says "we feel confident we have Jason and Lindsay's killer."

The two Christian youth-camp workers were still zipped into their sleeping bags, and authorities believe they were shot in the head as they slept.

Authorities have said neither victim was robbed or sexually assaulted.

The parents of Cutshall and Allen issued a statement:

“We are extremely pleased that our children’s murderer is in custody where he belongs. We praise the Lord for his capture and we trust in the due process of the law. We would like to thank the heartfelt concern of the people of Jenner and Sonoma County. We have appreciated your support for this case throughout our thirteen-year ordeal. 

"We are especially grateful to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office for their tireless pursuit of Jason’s and Lindsay’s killer. The strong support for us and for the case by the former sheriff, Sheriff Cogbill, and the current sheriff, Sheriff Freitas, has been outstanding. And the dedication of all the lieutenants, sergeants, detectives, and support personnel of Sheriff’s Office Investigations throughout the years has totally amazed us. The combination of their humanity and professionalism would not allow them to give up on this case. And when we at times wondered if this day would ever come, the detectives in particular wouldn’t allow us to lose hope. To all who have worked this case over the years, we can’t thank you enough. You are true heroes to us and we thank God for you.

"Finally and most importantly, we want to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sustaining us and our families throughout this long journey. We know that we have miles to go before the case is closed with a conviction, but we also know the power and wonder of God’s grace. 
Our prayers continue to be for the Sheriff’s Office as they build their case, for the families of the deputies, who have given them their undying support, for all the dear folks of Sonoma County who have prayed for us, and even for Shaun Gallon who heartlessly committed this senseless and wicked crime.

"Thank you.”

Plaque for Jason Allen and Lindsay Cutshall in remembrance.

At the time of their disappearance Craig Lomax, camp director at Rock-N-Water Christian Camp when the couple went missing, worked with family members, allowing them to stay at his home. When the couple's credit card had been used in San Francisco, Lomax went to the Bay Area to investigate.

Friday morning Cutshall's mom told Lomax about the press conference on Gallon's arrest. He remembers the two fondly and told FOX40 that he was finally able to find closure in the news of their killer's discovery.