By Calvin Palmer
A Pentecostal church pastor with no congregation but who went to the church every Sunday on the chance that someone might turn up to pray was killed in the church yesterday.
Police found the body of Carol Daniels, 61, of Oklahoma City, inside the small weather-beaten Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Anadarko, a town of 6,000 people about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said that Daniels had trauma to her body, but would not disclose details, including how, when or where Daniels died.
The pastor’s body was found after police were asked to check on her, Brown said. She could not immediately say who asked police to look in on Daniels.
Brown said the church did not have a regular congregation, but that Daniels was there every Sunday in case people came in to pray or hear a sermon.
“From the little bit I know about her, she was very dedicated to her calling,” Brown said.
Detectives are interviewing people who live near the church and expect to do more extensive interviews with family and friends.
Mitchell Pendarvis, who lives next door to the church, said that Daniels’ car was usually the only vehicle at the church, which is near an alley where men sometimes congregate and drink.
Daniels was a graduate of Douglass High School in Oklahoma City and the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. She is survived by her adult daughter, Raina.
Daniels’ mother, Charlesetta Dunlap, said the family had no further information about the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s death.
“We don’t know anything yet,” she said.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]