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.]