The homeless drifter accused of fatally shooting a retired couple on a hiking trail in New Hampshire camped out in the woods near his home for months, according to court documents, living on Mountain Dew soda and propane cooking.
He purchased supplies at Walmart and other local stores and ordered supplements online and had them shipped to a FedEx drop box, according to authorities.
Then in April, Logan Clegg, a 26-year-old homeless man who killed a Washington man in 2018, allegedly shot Stephen and Djeswende “Wendy” Reid, a couple in their 60s who had moved to Concord, New Hampshire, to enjoy retirement. .
Vermont police arrested Clegg at the South Burlington Public Library on Oct. 12, according to court documents, with an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Utah. He was traced there through purchase records and phone calls after Homeland Security Investigations discovered that he had booked a one-way ticket to Germany that would have departed on Oct. 14.
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While Clegg was in a Vermont jail, police served a search warrant for his belongings and found enough evidence to convince a Merrimack County judge to sign a new murder warrant for the Reids’ deaths.
Shortly after the Reids were reported missing on April 18, police scoured the area and found a homeless man camping in the woods who identified himself as “Arthur Kelly,” according to court documents, which said he was seen carrying several Mountain Dew soda cans. .
Police found the Reids dead from multiple gunshot wounds along the road three days later.
Police went back to the trails looking for Kelly, whose real name was later determined to be Logan Clegg, but he had packed up camp and disappeared. They checked nearby stores to see who had recently purchased a large quantity of Mountain Dew, but a person of interest who appeared in a video at a nearby Walmart could not be positively identified. So they nicknamed him “Mountain Dew Man”.
In an abandoned campsite near the crime scene, police said they found a burned-out tent, 155 small propane tanks, dozens of Mountain Dew and Coke cans, and 19 spent shell casings of the same make and caliber. than those recovered near Reids. ‘ remains. They recovered a matching bullet on the ground nearby.
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A witness came forward and told police that he had seen the Reids on the trail while walking their dogs the day they were killed.
She said that between five and 10 minutes after walking past them, she heard what she thought was the sound of a gun being fired five times.
A few minutes after that, she saw a young man matching Clegg’s description on the path, who was looking “her and the forest back and forth.”
Based on the witness’s account and her cell phone data, police said they could narrow the Reids’ window of death to between 2:54 and 2:59 pm on April 18.
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Other local residents told police they had seen a homeless man camping on the New Hampshire trail between November 2021 and April 2022.
He was “clean-shaven” and “neat in appearance” but “unsympathetic to others,” according to the affidavit. And no one remembered seeing him after the double murder.
The “Mountain Dew Man”, however, appeared on surveillance video at a nearby supermarket on the day of the murders, which helped police identify him as “Arthur Kelly” and ultimately as their suspect, Logan. Clegg.
As they continued to investigate his purchases, they discovered that he bought a new tent at Walmart the day after the murders, and after his camp was burned down. She didn’t come back to the store after that, as far as they could tell.
According to court documents, after Clegg’s arrest, police obtained a search warrant for his backpack and found a Glock 17 9mm pistol and more ammunition that matched shell casings found in Concord.
Clegg’s charges in Utah stemmed from a 2020 Salt Lake City shoplifting arrest, according to court documents. When police arrested him at that time, he pulled a .45-caliber pistol from his belt and allegedly told them that “three against one” was unfair and that he wished he had “had a chance to draw.” [the gun] go out and fight one on one,” according to the affidavit.
He added that he “would rather die than go to prison.”
Salt Lake City police later discovered that the gun had been stolen two weeks earlier from a sporting goods store.
Days after his arrest in Salt Lake City, police in nearby Logan, Utah, arrested Clegg during a burglary-in-progress call. They found another pistol, stolen from the same store, in his belt.
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He was jailed for four days and sentenced to three years probation.
Prosecutors declined to prosecute the murder in Spokane, Washington, in 2018 after Clegg claimed it was self-defense and found no evidence to the contrary.
In New Hampshire, Clegg will face two counts of second-degree murder.
He is being held without bail.