Crime

Slain woman had feared what her ‘obsessive’ estranged boyfriend might do, police say

State troopers responded early Friday morning to a residence along Curtin Street in Osceola Mills, where they say Cody Bush shot and killed Victoria and Beth Schultz, and injured Jessica Schultz. Bush died later that day of a self-inflicted gunshot.
State troopers responded early Friday morning to a residence along Curtin Street in Osceola Mills, where they say Cody Bush shot and killed Victoria and Beth Schultz, and injured Jessica Schultz. Bush died later that day of a self-inflicted gunshot. jhartley@centredaily.com

About a month before Victoria Schultz was fatally shot, she found a GPS tracking device placed on her car by the man authorities say killed her.

Her estranged boyfriend Cody Bush, 26, of Osceola Mills, shot and killed Schultz, 21, and her mother, Beth Schultz, 47, both of Osceola Mills, on Friday at 608 Curtin St., according to state police at Philipsburg. Victoria Schultz’s sister, Jessica, 25, was also shot and taken to UPMC Altoona for treatment.

Bush fled the scene and was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound near Coal Run Road and state Route 53, police said.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Victoria Schultz had spoken to Trooper Douglas Mihalko on Oct. 29.

She told Mihalko that a friend of hers received Facebook messages from Bush claiming to have placed a GPS tracker on her vehicle, the affidavit said. Schultz and her friend located the GPS device on the underside of the vehicle.

“She noted she has been trying to end her relationship with Bush, but he is being very obsessive and is making the split very difficult,” Mihalko wrote in the affidavit.

Schultz reportedly said that she and Bush had been dating for about three and a half years.

She “noted she is in fear of what Bush might do once he knows the police are involved,” Mihalko wrote.

Bush reportedly admitted to placing the tracking device on Schultz’s car.

Bush was charged with misdemeanor stalking and summary harassment, according to court documents. His preliminary arraignment was held Nov. 1, and he was incarcerated in Clearfield County Jail on $25,000 monetary bail.

He posted bail later that day and was released, court documents show.

Two days before the apparent double murder-suicide, state police were called again to 608 Curtin St. to investigate a harassment incident involving a man the same age as Bush and a woman the same age as Victoria Schultz — the suspect had threatened to harm the victim and her family, the police report said.

State police at Clearfield were not able to provide any updates Monday. Clearfield County District Attorney William Shaw Jr. couldn’t be reached for comment.

Sarah Rafacz: 814-231-4619, @SarahRafacz

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