Last update: 02 May 2023, 05:13 IST
Authorities discovered the bodies of seven people on Monday while searching a rural Oklahoma property for two missing teenagers, state investigators confirmed.
The bodies were found near the town of Henryetta, a town of about 6,000 people located about 145 miles east of Oklahoma City, the state Bureau of Investigation spokesman said. of Oklahoma, Gerald Davidson.
He said the state medical examiner will have to identify the victims, but authorities are no longer looking for the missing teens or a man they may have been with.
“We’ve had our share of problems and misfortunes, but this one is pretty bad,” Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice told reporters.
Rice declined to confirm the identity of any of the victims, where the bodies were found or any details about weapons that may have been discovered on the property.
“We believe there is no other threat to the community,” he added.
A missing persons notice had been issued earlier Monday for Ivy Webster, 14, and Brittany Brewer, 16. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol rescinded the advisory Monday afternoon.
Webster and Brewer’s notice had said they were seen traveling with Jesse McFadden, who was on the state sex offender registry. Oklahoma Department of Corrections jail records show McFadden was convicted of first-degree rape in 2003 and released in October 2020.
Court records show McFadden was scheduled to appear in court Monday for the start of a jury trial for solicitation of sexual conduct with a minor and possession of child pornography. A message left Monday night for McFadden’s attorney in the case was not immediately returned.
Brittany Brewer’s father told KOTV in Tulsa that one of the bodies discovered was his daughter.
“Brittany was an outgoing person. She was actually selected to be Miss Henryetta…coming up in July for this Miss National Miss pageant in Tulsa. And now she won’t make it because she’s dead. She’s gone,” Nathan Brewer said.
In a separate Okmulgee County case, the bodies of four men were found Oct. 14 in the Deep Fork River in Okmulgee, a town of about 11,000 people about 40 miles south of Tulsa. Joseph Kennedy, 68, faces four counts of first-degree murder in the case.
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