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Danny Coston Perp walk 2012

Security was tight as murder suspect Danny K. Coston, 36, was walked from the White County Jail to the county courthouse for his first court appearance Tuesday, September 04, 2012. Coston of Carmi was convicted in August, 2013 of murdering Jessica Evans, 17, of Norris City and Jacob Wheeler, 22, of Carmi. (Becky Malkovich / The Southern)

An episode of Investigation Discovery's show "Nightmare Next Door" that aired Thursday night featured a case many Southern Illinoisans remember.

The episode, titled "Into The Woods," recounted the 2012 murders of Jessica Evans, 17, of Norris City and Jacob Wheeler, 22, of Carmi.

The episode description on Amazon.com reads: "When Jessi Evans and Jake Wheeler go fishing — and never come home — the townsfolk of Norris City, Illinois fear the worst. Then, after Jake's truck is found at an abandoned house, detectives uncover a twist that rocks this God-fearing community to its core."

The episode is available for download on Amazon here. Investigation Discovery also posts some full episodes on its website here — but it looks like they're about a season behind what's airing now. The episode will air on Investigation Discovery again 3 p.m. Sunday, according to the Evansville Courier & Press.

Danny Coston of Carmi is serving a 53-year sentence for the murders. He was convicted in August, 2013 of murdering Evans and Wheeler; he was also convicted of criminal sexual assault for raping Evans.

Evans and Wheeler were reported missing Aug. 26, 2012, after they failed to return home from a fishing and camping trip on the Little Wabash River in rural White County.

Evans’ body was found the next day about 1 1/2 miles from the couple’s fishing site, while Wheeler’s body was found at a remote location in nearby Wayne County a few hours after Coston was taken into custody on Aug. 31, 2012.

Both died from gunshot wounds.

Curious "Nightmare Next Door" viewers were looking for more reading material about the crimes Thursday after the episode aired — many online readers found details of the disturbing case on thesouthern.com, as evidenced by the trending stories on the website late Thursday.

Here is a look back at the case.

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Alee Quick is the local news editor for thesouthern.com, and the editor of weekly local entertainment guide Scene618. She is a columnist and a member of The Southern Illinoisan editorial board.

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