Killer put pastor’s body in unnatural position, say police

By Calvin Palmer

Investigators said today the body of a pastor killed in an Oklahoma church on Sunday was moved into an unnatural position.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said the killer “staged” the body but declined to give details on how 61-year-old Carol Daniels was positioned inside the Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Anadarko.

Daniels, who lived in Oklahoma City, made the 60-mile drive to Anadarko every week, even though the small, weather-beaten church in a rundown area had no regular congregation.

Brown said investigators are reviewing video surveillance tapes from a nearby convenience store for clues in the brutal killing.

On the video, Daniels’ car is seen pulling up to the church about 10 a.m. Sunday. Brown declined to say whether any suspect was seen.

“The most they’ve gleaned from the tape so far is to give them a timeline of when she arrived,” she said.

A visitor who arrived at the church shortly before noon saw Daniels’ car but found the door to the church locked, District Attorney Bret Burns said today.

The person walked to the nearby Anadarko police station and notified officers, who discovered Daniels’ body. Burns did not identify the visitor.

Burns, who met with other Anadarko pastors and clergy yesterday evening, did not say why the meeting was held just with them rather than the community at large, or what kind of a threat the clergy might face.

Investigators have no suspects. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

“We’re still running down leads, conducting interviews and doing all the things we do in a normal investigation,” Brown said.

[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]

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2 responses to “Killer put pastor’s body in unnatural position, say police

  1. This is sick it just shows the depravity of humans

  2. This is the price we must sometimes pay when we stand for what is good and right. There will always be evil looking to destroy those that do good. The bible says, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly (high) places.”
    The wickedness that has taken over the minds of some individuals, causing them to do the unspeakable, is very present in our society today. Not only are workers and worshippers of Christ being murdered, but children are being harmed a alarming rates. Women are being found dead all over the globe. Marriages are ending in tragedy. The pulpit is no longer a safe haven from evil. We are in a war that only Christ will win. I must always tell myself and other, “the battle is not ours, it’s the Lord’s.” We must endure all that comes our way. We may even lose our own loved ones in the battle. We may even lose our own lives. My heart goes out to this pastor and her family. They must not fear, for God is with them. She fought the good fight of faith. She overcame many odds to be where she was. It is a battle in itself to be a woman in the ministry. I tell many, “Remember what it says in the book of Revelations 3:5, “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his/her name before His angels.
    My dear sister in Christ has overcame the odds of the enemy. He may have killed her body, but he could never kill her blessings or her spirit.
    “Vengeance is mine says the Lord.”

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