Items found in Carina Saunders murder investigation made public

Items found in Carina Saunders murder investigation made public

Recently, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations had searched two properties in Oklahoma City and had found items of interest in the murder investigation of Carina Saunders. Now, a search warrant used by the OBSI has been released, detailing the items that they had found.

The warrants indicates a folding knife, shirt, windbreaker jacket, and slip-on sandals were recovered during the three-day excavation in Northwest Oklahoma City.

As has been mentioned previously, it could be months before any forensic evidence can reveal if these items are related to Carina’s murder.

What I also found interesting about the News9 article that I linked to above, is they seem to insinuate Kenny Richards may have had more involvement in the murder than he’s letting on. I hate to talk about someone who at least has not been arrested for the crime I’m posting about, but the property these items were found on belonged to Richards, and News9 has said court records show investigators had received tips claiming Richards allegedly drove Carina to where her body was found and he had buried her belongings in a metal drum on his property. Richards has steadfastly denied any involvement in Carina’s murder.

While I’m not necessarily defending Richards, in my opinion it seems like Carina’s murder was a multi-person affair. By walking an accusatory thin line, certain news outlets could be potentially jeopardizing the investigation by putting too much of the spotlight on any one person of interest. The brutal way Carina met her end demands justice and doesn’t need any more hindrances in bringing the guilty to justice.

Person of interest in Carina Saunders murder texts local news station

Person of interest in Carina Saunders murder texts local news station

Another odd development in an already bizarre story. After agents of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations finished examining some Oklahoma City properties in the Carina Saunders murder investigation, the person who once owned the properties responded to a local news station.

As mentioned in my previous post, the man who used to own the properties is Kenny Richards. Not only is he believed to have allegedly prostituted Carina, he’s also believed to be the last person to see her alive according to news reports. After his name appeared in the news earlier this week he sent a series of text messages to local TV station News 9.

In a series of text messages, Richards said, “It [sic] all wrong…I told police everything I know.”

Richards explained via text Wednesday evening, “She [Saunders] was a friend of mine…I miss her, too!!” … “I have nothing more to say!!”

I’d be interested in knowing if News 9 reached out to Richards or if he reached out to them. They left that more than a little vague in their article.

The article does mention what items investigators were specifically looking for.

Saunders’ personal items were listed including shoes, socks, bra, underwear, belt, T-shirt, handbag and her wallet.

Investigators were also hoping to recover parts of her body that have been missing since she was found dismembered in a duffel bag in Bethany.

Considering they wrapped up their investigation of the properties early and said that the OSBI recovered items of interest, could they be finally getting closer to bringing Carina’s brutal killer or killers to justice? We can only hope.

‘Items of interest’ found in search for Carina Saunders’ remains

'Items of interest' found in search for Carina Saunders' remains
Carina Saunders

Yesterday, I posted that agents of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations had been searching two vacant properties in Oklahoma City for the additional remains of Carina Saunders. Today, agents said that they have found what they’re calling ‘items of interest’ after searching the Oklahoma City properties. Carina was murdered in 2011, and her partial remains were found in a duffle bag in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Investigators haven’t said what the items they found were, but said the items need to go under extensive forensic testing before any conclusions can be drawn from them.

What was not mentioned in yesterday’s news is that the properties they searched had once belonged to a man by the name of Kenny Richards. Richards is believed to have allegedly prostituted Carina shortly before her death. Human trafficking has been a recurring thread in this investigation, as there was once an assumption that Carina was killed in order to intimidate others into working for a sex trafficking ring. There is also believed to be a video of Carina’s murder out there in the wild and the state is offering a $10,000 award for any information leading to the arrest of Carina’s killer.

Again, if you have any information about Carina’s murder please contact the OSBI Hotline at 1 (800) 522-8017.

OSBI searching for possible additional remains of Carina Saunders

OSBI searching for possible additional remains of Carina Saunders
Carina Saunders

Agents of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations have been searching two vacant properties in Oklahoma City for the additional remains of Carina Saunders. Carina was 19 when she was killed in 2011. Her dismembered body was found in a duffle bag behind a store in Bethany, Oklahoma. I was under the assumption that her complete remains had been found, but apparently I was mistaken.

Agents are using ground-penetrating radar in order to possibly find the last of Carina’s remains. The properties were rumored to have been occupied by people who allegedly knew who killed Carina but were too afraid to come forward due to fear of being killed themselves. While some may find this outrageous behavior, I can kind of understand because in the past there has been a theory that Carina may have been killed by a Mexican drug cartel as a way to send a message to someone close to her. While that may or may not be true, I could see how that could scare a neighborhood into silence.

So far the OBSI has not released what led them to check these properties or if they have found anything as of yet.

Investigators are still asking that if anyone has any information about Carina’s murder please contact the OSBI Hotline at 1 (800) 522-8017.
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OSBI looks to Facebook to help solve Carina Saunders’ murder

OBSI looks to Facebook to help solve Carina Saunders' murder
Carina Saunders

FOX25 from Oklahoma City is reporting that the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has submitted search warrants to Facebook in order to obtain information that they hope will lead to the killer of Carina Saunders.

In particular the OSBI is looking into three individuals. The first is 41-year-old Judy Roberts who is believed to have possibly been on the way to the casino with Carina before she disappeared. Roberts is also believed to have crossed the Mexican drug cartels in some way. The next person is Kyle Savage. Savage is to believed to have sent a threatening Facebook message to someone in Carina’s family that allegedly said “I’m going to bury you next to Carina.” Savage can’t or won’t explain why he sent this message before Carina’s body had been found. Lastly, the OSBI seem to be interested in Kenny Richards, who investigators believe prostituted her before her death.

None of these people are Jimmy Lee Massey Jr. and Luis E. Ruiz, who were previously arrested for Carina’s murder, but charges were dropped against them due to lack of real evidence. However the charges were dropped without prejudice, so they could be arrested again if the evidence supports it.

I hope this will lead investigators to bring Carina’s killer, or killers, to justice. It doesn’t matter what Carina may have done in her short life, but she did not deserve to be brutally murdered, with her dismembered body stuffed in a duffel bag.

If anyone has any information about Carina’s murder please contact the OSBI Hotline at 1 (800) 522-8017.

$10,000 reward offered for video of Carina Saunders’ murder

$10,000 reward offered for video of Carina Saunders' murder
Carina Saunders

19-year-old Carina Saunders’ mutilated body was found in a duffle bag behind a store in Bethany, Oklahoma, in 2011. It’s been long rumored that a video exists of Carina’s murder, now the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) believes that the video does exist. A week and a half ago the OBSI held a press conference where they have offered a $10,000 reward for the video.

The OBSI also released additional details about Carina’a murder and initial disappearance…

Family members last saw Saunders on Sept. 28, 2011, and her body was found Oct. 13, 2011. Investigators have located surveillance video from Oct. 8, 2011, outside the Newcastle Casino. Saunders is seen getting into a red, four-door Ford pickup with a brush guard and lights on the top, Florence said.

The only description of anyone inside the pickup is a man with full tattoo sleeves on both arms, he said.

“Also worth making note of is that there were girls nearby in a dark car who were pleading with Carina not to go with them. To this date, we don’t know who those girls were, but we would like to know who they were,” Florence said. “If they will come forward, we’d like to talk to them, find out what they saw, what they witnessed, why they were concerned about Carina’s safety and getting in this red pickup.”

It has been thought that Carina’s murder had something to do with human trafficking. Two suspects had been previously arrested, however charges against them were dropped after the OBSI took over the investigation due to lack of evidence at the time. However the charges were dropped without prejudice, so the suspects could be arrested again if the evidence supports it.

If you have any information, call the OSBI Hotline at 1 (800) 522-8017.

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Still no arrests in the 2011 murder of Carina Saunders

In 2011, 19-year-old Carina Saunders was brutally murdered and her dismembered body was found in a duffel bag behind a store in Bethany, Oklahoma. Arrest had been made in her murder but the individuals arrested have had the murder charges against them dropped. The case is currently being handled by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations.

News Station KOCO in Oklahoma City recently released the following video about her murder

Anyone with any information regarding Carina’s murder is asked to please call the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.

OSBI offers reward in Carina Saunders murder

Carina Saunders
Carina Saunders

OSBI Offers Reward In Saunders Homicide Case:

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) is offering $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Carina Saunders murderer or murderers. If you’ll recall the 19-year-old’s body was found dismembered in a duffel bag behind a store in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Originally investigators thought that the murder may have been committed by a Juggalo which brought this story top my attention. That Juggalo was soon ruled out as a suspect. Then police arrested two men under the assumption that Carina was tortured and killed to intimidate others into working for a drug and human trafficking ring. The charges against those two suspects were dropped due to lack of evidence. Since then the Bethany police have turned over the investigation to the OSBI.

If anyone has any information, knows of any evidence in this case, they are urged to call 1-800-522-8017. The $10,000 reward is the maximum state law allows OSBI to offer.

For the sake of Carina’s family and friends I hope this reward leads to a valid arrest very soon.

Charges dropped against Carina Saunders murder suspects

Carina Saunders
Carina Saunders

Murder charges dismissed in Carina Saunders homicide case:

Two men who were charged in the brutal murder and mutilation of 19-year-old Carina Saunders have had the murder charges against them dropped.

Carina’s body was found mutilated in a duffel bag behind a Bethany, Oklahoma grocery store in October of 2011. Jimmy Lee Massey Jr. and Luis E. Ruiz were believed to have tortured and murdered Carina. Witnesses even allegedly placed them at the at the location of Carina’s murder. Her murder was supposedly done in order to intimidate others into participating in a human trafficking and drug ring.

The charges were dropped after the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) were asked to take over the case and the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. However the charges could be refiled if new evidence is discovered.

Ruiz is currently free while Massey is still imprisoned on drug trafficking charges.

I really feel bad for the family and friends of Carina Saunders. After dying a horribly violent death and believing that her killers were brought to justice only to receive the news that the Bethany police may have gotten the wrong men must just be even more heartbreaking for them. I pray that the OSBI does not make the same mistakes and brings her killer or killers to justice.

UPDATE 3/7/2013: Here is more information on why the murder charges were dropped for now.

Two men charged with brutal torture and murder of Carina Saunders

Ruiz and Massey
Ruiz and Massey

Two men charged in Carina Saunders killing; affidavit details torture:

Two Accused Killers Charged With Murder Of Carina Saunders:

For those of you who don’t know the story the dismembered body of Carina Saunders was found stuffed in a duffel bag behind a grocery store in Bethany, Oklahoma. Then word came out that she was tortured and murdered in order to intimidate others that were involved in a human trafficking and drug ring. Now two men believed to be her killers have been charged with her murder. 37-year-old Luis Ruiz and 33-year-old Jimmy Lee Massey have been charged with first degree murder in Carina’s brutal and violent death.

In an affidavit recently released witness testimony says that Ruiz was the mastermind behind the operation and was instrumental in Carina’s torture and death. The affidavit states that Carina was assaulted by Ruiz then drug upstairs to a table where she was tied down. Ruiz then allegedly cut off one of her feet with a saw. He then attempted to cut off her other foot when the saw broke.

Massey allegedly confessed to being involved on the murder to another inmate and had even written down details in a jailhouse note revealing details that only the coroner and someone who was there at the time of the murder would know. Massey is believed to have kidnapped Saunders in order to take her to Ruiz.

I can’t imagine the lever of terror and pain that Carina had to endure. I’m sure there was much more torture than what was revealed in the affidavit. All so these lowlifes could run meth and force women to be raped for money. I can’t imagine what Carina’s family must be going through right now. Again just so some trailer trash scumbags could tweak and get $20 blowjobs.

If there was any real justice in the world these gutless cowards would be sawed in half with one of those two-man lumberjack saws from the bottom of their tiny crotches to the tips of their useless skulls while using every implement known to science to keep them alive as long as possible.

The best we can hope for is that they’ll get a temporary case of tetanus when they dance with Death’s hypodermic.