Police Search for Clues in Deaths of 5 Oklahoma Women
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Relatives began to make funeral arrangements and police worked to find clues to the deaths of five women found stabbed to death in a small house in a community known as Christian Valley.
Authorities denied a report published in The Daily Oklahoman on Monday that quoted an unnamed police officer as saying crack cocaine was sold at the house and some of the victims were police informants.
″We have no indication whatsoever that any of these women were ever police informants,″ police Lt. Bill King said. Police Capt. Mike Roach said there was no indication the residence was a drug house.
The victims were identified as Sandra Thompson, 35, of Spencer; Phyllis Adams, 47, of Spencer; Lashawn Evans, 30, of Spencer; Carolyn Watson, 37, of Spencer; and Fransill Roberts, 34, of Midwest City.
Ms. Thompson lived at the house, which is in Oklahoma City but has a Spencer mailing address, King said.
He said police were still trying to learn how the victims - whose bodies were found piled in a bedroom on Saturday - knew each other and why they were in the house.
Laura Prince, Ms. Roberts’ sister, described her as ″a happy go-lucky person - a friend to everybody.″
″That’s why what happened to her is so senseless,″ she said.
She said her sister once battled a drug problem, but said she didn’t believe that led to her death.
″At this point in time, I believe in my heart that she was an innocent bystander. She was at the wrong place at the wrong time.″
Ms. Roberts’ boyfriend, Bobby Stevenson, 53, said she was ″no church worker,″ but he didn’t believe she was involved in anything serious.
″She went out a bit. But I believe if she was involved with something like that, she’d let me know,″ he said.
As some families made funeral arrangements, the Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center set up a memorial fund to help pay expenses.
″We know that one of the victims may have been one of our patients,″ said Greta Shepherd, the center’s child abuse coordinator.