Authorities in three counties in Mississippi are saturating highways in an attempt to hunt down a suspect that may be posing as a police officer and pulling people over before shooting them.
Both victims were shot after they pulled over on the highway, and police suspect the killings may have been the work of someone posing as law enforcement. Neither vehicle appeared to have mechanical problems, police said, and shell casings recovered from the crime scenes are being analyzed.
Schlender, who was driving from Nebraska to Florida to pick up his grandson from college, was found dead inside his red 1999 Ford F-150, which had crashed into a divider in the median. His wallet was missing from the vehicle, Strain confirmed to FoxNews.com.
Strain said Carswell's body was found outside of her 1997 Pontiac Grand Am, in the lane she had been traveling in. He would not say whether she had been robbed or if there were signs of a struggle.
Schlender's son-in-law, Matt Anderson, told FoxNews.com that the last phone call he made was to his daughter at around 6:30 p.m. on May 7.
"They had a nice conversation," he said. "For him to be driving that late at night was not all that uncommon. It was a trip he made several times."
"Was robbery a motive or are these items some kind of trophy for whoever has done this?" Anderson said.