Knife found in Anadarko likely not murder weapon, OSBI says

| September 4, 2009

ANADARKO — A knife found at a car wash across the street from the Anadarko church where an Oklahoma City pastor was slain is "probably not the murder weapon," Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Inspector Steve Neuman said today.

A satellite truck operator for an Oklahoma City television station found the knife Thursday while preparing for a broadcas, and notified Anadarko police. A KOCO-TV report described the knife as between eight and 10 inches long with a black handle.

"It would be a long shot if that’s the murder weapon because it appears to have been there a long time," Neuman said.

The mutilated body of the Rev. Carol Daniels, 61, was found nude and behind the church altar on Aug. 23 in what appeared to be a crucifix position, sources close to the investigation told The Oklahoman last week. A Medical Examiner’s report showed Daniels had been savagely stabbed and slashed about the throat, left breast and back.

A preliminary autopsy report stated Daniels died from "multiple sharp force injuries." The final autopsy report, which will include the results of toxicology tests, is weeks away from completion, agency spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard said.

Authorities refuse to say whether Daniels was sexually assaulted. They also continue to be tightlipped about the progress of the investigation, which has yielded no arrests. The OSBI has committed three field agents and one crime scene investigator to the case full-time and requested the help of an FBI profiler, Neuman said.

Anadarko police are also playing a role in the investigation, though no one is saying in what capacity.

Anadarko Police Chief David Edwards was on vacation at the time of the killing at the Christ Holy Sanctified Church. When asked if he had anything to say to his constituents, Edwards replied, "I’m not doing interviews with the media."

The white-painted church building remains a silent memorial to its slain pastor. Visitors continue to place flowers and stuffed animals near the front door, which is locked. The OSBI has retained security of the church should agents need to return to the crime scene for further inspection, Neuman said.

 

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