On Monday, when they were looking for two missing teens and an adult man, authorities found the bodies of seven people on a country property in Oklahoma.
A spokesman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said that the land is just east of Henryetta and about 50 miles south of Tulsa.
Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice told reporters at the scene that one of the bodies seemed to be that of Jesse McFadden, who was 39 years old.
Rice said that the office of the medical examiner would confirm that McFadden and the others were who they said they were.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol put out a missing person alert Monday morning that included McFadden and two teenage girls.
The alert says that Ivy Webster, who is 14, and Brittany Brewer, who is 16, were last seen at a house in Henryetta at 1:22 a.m. on Monday. It said that they might have been with McFadden in his white Chevy Avalanche.
Monday afternoon, the warning was taken away.
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On Monday, a bench warrant was issued for McFadden in nearby Muskogee County because he didn’t show up in court to face charges of child pornography and encouraging sexual conduct/communication with a minor.
Court records show that the case will be tried by a jury on Monday. When McFadden’s lawyer was asked for a response, he didn’t answer right away.
State records show that McFadden spent almost 17 years in jail after being found guilty of first-degree rape in 2003.
Rice said he thought the police had found everyone who had been said to be missing. He refused to say how many of the victims were children, how they died, or how long they had been at the house.
He said he had “no idea” why the people died. He said that it was “a tragic day in Okmulgee County.”
In a statement, the local school district said that it was “grieving over the tragedy of the loss of several of our students.”
Henryetta Public Schools said, “Our hearts are hurting, and we have thought about what would be best for our students in the coming days.” They added that classes would go on as usual, and grief counselors would be available.
Gerald Davidson, a spokesman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said that members of a task team from the local prosecutor’s office went to the property twice on Monday after learning that the missing teens may have been with someone connected to it. The property is a large, rural, wooded area.
He said that the bodies were found during a second visit at 3 p.m. local time.
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