TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - In screenshots taken Monday evening, Philip Schwab — a 33-year-old Idaho Falls man is accused of killing his girlfriend and their two dogs —wrote in posts on Facebook about stabbing people.
Pictured Philip Schwab. Image courtesy Bonneville County Sheriff's Office.
Writing, "If stabbing people is wrong, I don't want to be right!"
Idaho Falls police had gone out to the couple's house to perform a welfare check after the victim, Kaylynn Blue, didn't show up to work at Walgreen's for a couple of days.
Schwab posted about this as well.
Idaho Falls Police Chief Bryce Johnson called it a tragic situation.
“Tragic, incredibly violent crime," Johnson said. "We do have him in custody. He will be in jail and we have everyone accounted for and very sadly we did recover the remains of our victim in the backyard."
There were comments on Facebook about Schwab’s mother being missing, but KMVT did confirm with police that she is not missing and that they have been in contact with her several times.
Schwab continued to post on Facebook, writing that he “loved Kay,” and that the dogs, or her, wouldn’t be a problem anymore.
The posts continue, saying quote "she deserved quicker," and also writing "it was a small protest,” “but that it was easy."
Chief Johnson was also asked about these posts.
“Yeah, yeah so we'll investigate all of that," he said. "We collected all the evidence from the scene, documented the scene, talked to him, looking at all that Facebook information and the other information, that will all become part of the investigation that gets turned over to the prosecutor."
INITIAL story by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An eastern Idaho man has been charged with first degree murder after police say he stabbed his girlfriend to death and buried her in their backyard, before also killing their two dogs.
Philip Schwab, a 33-year-old zoo volunteer from Idaho Falls, was arraigned Tuesday in Bonneville County Court in connection with the death of Kaylynn Blue. He has not yet entered a plea or been assigned an attorney, though he said during the proceeding that he intended to plead "no contest."
Jessica Clements, a public information officer for the Idaho Falls Police Department, said police were asked to do a welfare check on Blue Monday morning after the 33-year-old failed to show up for her job at a Walgreens store two days in a row.
When officers went to Schwab's and Blue's home just after 9 a.m., Schwab was cooperative and invited the police inside, Clements said. "They noticed evidence right away that suggested a more serious crime took place — a considerable amount of blood," she said.
That's when they arrested Schwab, secured the home, obtained warrants and began the search for the 33-year-old Blue, she said. Schwab was cooperative and talked with police throughout the day.
"We had a pretty good idea of where they were looking from the conversations with Philip," Clements said. "She was buried in a shallow grave in the backyard in some flowers."
Blue had multiple stab wounds. So did the bodies of the family pets, which were found in a trash receptacle in the garage, Clements said.
The two were dating and lived together, but they didn't have any children, Clements said. One of Schwab's family members who also lived at the home had been out of the home for several days when the stabbings occurred, she said.
"At this time, we believe she was killed sometime in the late hours of Saturday night or early hours of Sunday morning. Sometime after that, there were two dogs that were family pets in the home that were killed," Clements said.
Schwab's recent Facebook timeline was filled with hundreds of rapid-fire and bizarre posts apparently from Schwab, many made just minutes apart between Friday, June 21, and Monday, June 24.
Some appeared to reference a crime.
"If stabbing people is wrong I don't want to be right!" read one post from Saturday night, followed eight minutes later by one reading, "Am I looking like Michael Myers now?? Lol"
Clements said the "troubling messages" on Facebook are part of the investigation, as is Schwab's mental status.
Clements said all of Schwab's other family members have been accounted for.
"We don't believe that there is any further threat to the community or anything like that. But of course for things like this, that investigation has to continue so we can make sure all that information is considered," she said.