OKC Murder Trial Involving Missing, Presumed Dead Woman Nears End

Friday, October 23rd 2020, 6:44 pm
By: Jennifer Pierce


A metro murder trial is coming to a close. Oklahoma County prosecutors on Friday called their final witness. The suspect on trial was charged for the violent killing of his girlfriend but Oklahoma City police never found 52-year-old Susan Freehauf’s remains. 

No one has seen or heard from Freehauf since September 20, 2018. Four days later she was reported missing and investigators zeroed in on David Shores, 50, her boyfriend.

Jurors watched security video from a northwest Oklahoma City storage company. Shores rented a unit there in the days leading up to the victim's reported disappearance.

He is seen on camera at different dates and times loading boxes from Freehauf's car into the storage. Investigators later found dozens of Freehauf's personal belongings in the boxes and bags.

In court, prosecutors went back over the evidence found in storage and the bloody carpet stains found at Freehauf's apartment where Shores also lived.

They also presented phone records to the court. Police concluded that Shores was the only person to have Freehauf's phone based on the last communication she made until she was reported missing.

Investigators also found signs that the couple were having problems around the first of September and that Freehauf wanted to end the relationship.

A homicide investigator on the case testified in court that he has not given up the search for Freehauf's remains. He told the court that investigators, K-9s and AirOne did an extensive search of the Oklahoma River and wooded areas near Freehauf's apartment after she disappeared but never found anything.

Both sides are expected to do closing arguments on Monday and then jurors will go into deliberations.