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Man Accused Of Killing Former Wife And Her Friend After They Traveled Across Country To Pick Up Child

Duong Nguyen was scheduled to pick up her child from her former husband Gregory Carlson in Arizona when she and her companion, Robert Atwell, were killed, authorities say.

By Gina Tron
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An Arizona man is accused of murdering his former wife and her male companion after they traveled across the country to pick up his child.

The murder victims have been identified as Duong Nguyen, 30, and her male companion Robert Atwell, Arizona outlet KOLD reports. The pair were reported missing over the weekend after they traveled to Cochise County, Arizona from Pennsylvania to “pick up a child under a custody sharing arrangement,” according to a press release from the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

Neither Nguyen nor Atwell had been heard from since Thursday.

Deputies visited 56-year-old Gregory Carlson’s home in Sunizona on Saturday where they located the child. 

Carlson told deputies that the child’s “mother was scheduled to pick up the child at 10:00 am however he has not heard from her and had no additional information.”

Carlson is the child’s father. A spokesperson from the sheriff's office told Law & Crime that Carlson is Nguyen's former husband.

As investigators collected information, they returned to Carlson’s home and took him into custody for questioning. Search warrants were also served on the property “and as a result of evidence located, Carlson was arrested.”

He has been booked on two counts of murder in the second degree, three counts of obstructing justice, two counts of concealment of a dead body. 

It’s not clear how Nguyen and Atwell were murdered or if their bodies have been discovered. Then nature of the relationship between the two murder victims is unclear.

Carlson is being held without bond. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.

“The investigation is being continued by the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and additional details will be released as they become available,” they noted in their press release.

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