Two bodies found in rural Oklahoma grave believed to be a mother-of-one and her friend missing from Temple, Texas
Temple police received information on Jan 9 concerning the disappearance of Jenna Scott, 28, and 32-year-old Michael Swearingin
The duo have been missing as of 3am on Jan 4
Bodies were found in a hidden grave in rural Okfusee County, Oklahoma
Police are looking at Scott’s ex-boyfriend, Cedric Marks who has a history of violence
Scott filed a protective order against Marks last summer, which was denied
In the protective order, Scott alleged that Marks told her he killed someone in Oklahoma
Two bodies found in Oklahoma are believed to belong to two missing people from Texas, Jenna Scott, [left], and Michael Swearingin [right]. The duo have been missing since January 4 at 3am
Police believe the two bodies found in Oklahoma are two missing people from Temple, Texas.
Temple police received information on January 9 concerning the disappearance of Jenna Scott, 28, and 32-year-old Michael Swearingin. The duo have been missing since January 4 at 3am.
That information led them to Clearview, Oklahoma, which is in between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, KXAN reports. Scott and Swearingin’s car was found in Austin January 5.
Foul play is being looked at as a possibility as a result, CBS Austin reports.
Home surveillance equipment is said to be missing from Swearingin’s home in Temple, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
Police are looking at Scott’s ex-boyfriend, Cedric Marks [photo]. Scott filed a protective order against Marks last summer, which was denied. In the protective order, Scott alleged that Marks told her he killed someone in Oklahoma
“He told me he had killed someone in Oklahoma, but that he was able to cover it up and that he could do the same here in Texas,” Scott’s statement says.
According to her statement, Marks spent part of his childhood in Oklahoma as well.
Marks was recently arrested for burglary in Michigan. He will be extradited to Bell County. In another development, police in Minnesota said they are looking into Mark’s connection to another missing woman who disappeared in 2009. The woman, April Pease, had a child with Marks.
On Tuesday, the OSBI confirmed that the Temple Police Department investigators were helping with the homicide investigation
‘The Oklahoma State Medical Examiners Office will be responsible for making the positive identifications at autopsy,’ Temple police said. ‘The Scott and Swearingin families have been notified of this preliminary identification.’
Scott’s father shared that he had been in contact with the police on Tuesday, but that he didn’t think he could share anything from the case.
A GoFundMe had been set up to help find the mother-of-one and Swearingin. It had made more than $21,000 and had an original goal of $10,000.
‘Both of these kids have parents that are searching and praying for their safe return,’ the page said. ‘Donations will be applied toward the private investigator fees and applied to related search efforts to find these two and reunite them with their families. Prayers and contributions are greatly appreciated.’