Police say that seven bodies have been found at a home in Oklahoma, with two of them thought to be a pair of missing teenage girls.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol issued an endangered/missing advisory for 14-year old Ivy Webster and 16-year old Brittany Brewer, as well as Jesse L. McFadden, 39, a registered sex offender, earlier on Monday (May 1).
The advisory said the girls were last seen in Henryetta, about 90 miles from Oklahoma City, and that they might have been traveling with McFadden.
Reports say that when asked if authorities were no longer looking for the missing girls and McFadden, Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice replied: “We believe that we have found the persons, we just are waiting for confirmation.”
He added that the families of the girls had been notified.
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The seven bodies were found at a residence where McFadden lived, Rice told the Tulsa World newspaper.
It is reported that this is the same address listed for McFadden in the Oklahoma Sex Offender registry.
Henryetta Public Schools said in a message on its website that it was “grieving over the tragedy of the loss of several of our students”.
it added: “Our hearts are hurting, and we have considered what would be best for our students in the coming days.
“We understand if you feel it is more appropriate to keep your student at home.
“Please continue to keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.”
Tulsa World reported court documents revealing that McFadden was scheduled to have a court hearing on Monday on charges of inciting sexual behavior and possession of child pornography.
It was also reported that he served 16 years in prison after being convicted of rape.