ABC 4 is told Hedglin had recently become troubled from a relationship that went sour. He went from trusted pilot, and soldier with the Colorado National Guard to a wanted murder suspect all within a matter of months.
Brian Hedglin had become a man running from the law, but according to court records that wasn't his life. In fact a woman who lived near Hedglin, in Colorado Springs, but did not want to be identified, said he was a pleasant person.
"He would waive and say hi sometimes like neighborly people do," said an unidentified neighbor.
The neighbor had no idea Hedglin had been dating 39-year-old Christina Cornejo. When their relationship ended, Hedglin's life took a turn for the worst. Cornejo, also a member of the Colorado National Guard, broke up with him in March. Hedglin did not take the news well, in fact police were called out and Hedglin was charged with harassment and criminal mischief.
Then just on Friday officers found Cornejo’s body inside Hedglin's home. She had been stabbed several times and Hedglin was gone. Police labeled him a suspect in her murder and deactivated his pilot's access cards. Even though they took away his ability to fly, because of his army training, they said he could've been anywhere.
"It was very difficult for our investigators because they knew that he was very experienced in hiding in the woods and having survival skills," said Barbara Miller, Colorado Springs Police Dept., spokesperson.
Until Hedglin showed up Tuesday in St. George, police had no idea knew where he was. He died following the airport incident.
Even though Hedglin had eluded police, detectives had a feeling he could've ended up in Utah. ABC 4 is told Hedglin had family here.