BETHANY, Oklahoma – Police confirmed on Monday that the body found stuffed inside a duffel bag last week was 19-year-old Carina Saunders, who was reported missing earlier this month.
According to police, an animal rescue group found Saunder’s body while searching for feral cats in a wooded area behind a Homeland and called 911. Yesterday Police Chief Phil Cole would reveal the body, which had been there for two to three days, belonged to Saunders after dental records were matched.
The medical examiner has not released an official cause of death, stating the autopsy has not been completed, but has ruled the teen’s death as a homicide.
According to her friends and family, Saunders was last seen on Sept 28 getting into a Chevy Blazer driven by a white man about 40 years-old, with gray hair. Cole said that there were reports of Saunders being spotted at an apartment complex on October 8 or 9, adding this wouldn’t be unusual as she had friends there and frequented the area.
The FBI are now involved and police said they have several leads but no motivation for the killing. If you have any information in the case, call Bethany police at (405)-789-2323. If you want to keep tabs on this story, you may want to check out the Carina Come Home Facebook page, as they are quick with the information.Tags: Carina Saunders, Crime, duffel bag, Murder, Oklahoma