BOISE, Idaho — The Adams County Sheriff's Office is investigating after two people were found dead with gunshot wounds inside the office of the Hartland Inn in New Meadows Saturday.
The sheriff's office said it received a report of the shooting at 12:44 p.m. Saturday. Adams County deputies responded to the report and found the two people with fatal wounds inside the office.
On Monday, the Adams County Sheriff's Office identified the victims of the shooting as the owners of the Hartland Inn, Sara and Rory Mehen of New Meadows.
John Cody Hart, 28, is suspected of killing the victims. He was arrested Saturday just north of Cambridge along US 95, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Washington County and Adams County deputies, along with the Weiser Police Department, performed a traffic stop on Hart's vehicle. Hart is a resident of Washington state.
Hart was seen leaving the scene in a blue Subaru. A witness reported seeing Hart's vehicle on US 95, south of Council. He was a guest at the Hartland Inn, according to the Adams County Sheriff's Office.
Following the traffic stop, Hart was taken into custody and transported to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. He was interviewed by detectives and booked into the Washington County Jail on two counts of first-degree murder.
Idaho State Police, McCall Police, Idaho Fish and Game, Valley County deputies and Meadows Valley EMS and Fire also responded Saturday.
"We would like to thank all the agencies that assisted during this critical event. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families affected by this tragedy," Saturday's news release said.
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