By Calvin Palmer
The crime scene at a small Pentecostal church in Oklahoma where a pastor was killed was described today as the most brutal he has seen by a district attorney.
The body of 61-year-old Carol Daniels was found on Sunday inside the weather-beaten Christ Holy Sanctified Church on a rundown block near downtown Anadarko.
“I’ve prosecuted over 50 murders,” Caddo County District Attorney Bret Burns said. “This is the most horrific crime scene I’ve ever witnessed.”
He declined to give any details, saying he did not want to jeopardize the investigation.
He said the crime is truly shocking, especially since it occurred in a church by someone he called “evil and soulless”.
Although an autopsy was conducted yesterday, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown would not say anything about the cause or time of death. She also declined to talk about a possible motive or what evidence was collected at the scene.
She did say that trauma to the body indicated foul play but gave no further details.
Investigators have no suspects.
“Right now we have more questions than answers,” Brown said. “The few answers we do have, we want to hold on to. That might help us in the long run.”
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for this crime.
Daniels made the 60-mile trek from Oklahoma City every week to preach, even though the church had no regular congregation. Her mother, Charlesetta Dunlap, said Daniels spent most of her time helping others and went to Anadarko consistently “with the expectation of someone wanting to seek the Lord”.
Burns plans to meet with other pastors and clergy tomorrow to discuss the case.