Police identify two homicide victims believed to be connected to Idaho inmate’s escape

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By journalsofus.com

Two men allegedly murdered by an Idaho inmate who escaped custody this week with the help of an accomplice have been identified.

James L. Mauney, 83, and Gerald “Don” Henderson, 72, were killed near their homes during the mass hunting for Skylar Meade, who escaped from Idaho Department of Corrections custody, allegedly with the help of Nicholas Umphenour, Idaho State Police said. He two suspects were captured Thursday.

The homicide victims were discovered in Nez Perce and Clearwater, police said.

Authorities believe James L. Mauney, 83, was killed by suspects who fled Idaho.

Idaho Missing Persons Clearinghouse

Mauney, of Juliaetta, was walking his two dogs when police say he and the animals were driven east in his silver 2019 Chrysler Pacifica. Police did not specify who drove the vehicle with Mauney and the dogs inside to an area desolate near Leland, near the Washington border. Authorities located the abandoned vehicle and said they later found Mauney’s body nearby. Police said it appears Mauney did not know the suspects.

Police found Henderson’s body outside his home in an isolated area near Orofino, about 60 miles from the Washington border. Police said Mauney’s dogs and a pair of shackles they believe belong to Meade were found in Henderson’s home. Police said they believed Henderson knew the suspects, but they did not know how well or for how long. Authorities said they returned the dogs to Mauney’s family.

Both Meade and Umphenour, who were members of a white supremacist gang, they were arrested Thursday afternoon outside Twin Falls, about 45 miles from the Nevada border. The suspects were arrested after a brief chase.

A 52-year-old woman from Filer was also arrested on charges related to Meade’s escape. Police said she was booked into the Twin Falls County Jail.

A screenshot from Twin Falls Police Department video shows the arrest of Idaho fugitive Skylar Meade.

Twin Falls Police Department

The Clearwater County Coroner’s Office and the Nez Perce County Coroner’s Office identified the victims. Both the causes and manner of death of the two homicides remain under investigation.

The suspects were arraigned Friday afternoon, according to online records. Each one had his bail set to 2 million dollars.

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