Investigators Searching for Pastor's Killer; Family Searching for Strength to Forgive
Staff and Wire Reports
OKLAHOMA CITY - Investigators continued their search for an Anadarko pastor's killer Monday while family and friends gathered to remember her life and ministry at a funeral service in Oklahoma City.
Pastor Carol Daniels was found dead August 23 inside her church near downtown Anadarko. Daniels didn't have a regular congregation but drove the 60 miles from her Oklahoma City home to Anadarko every Sunday.
"Rain, sleet and snow -- she was faithful to the word. Not very many pastors are that committed to their ministry," Elder Steve Taplin said.
In Anadarko on Monday, the church doors remain locked. The grisly scene inside has not been cleaned up. The inside of the church will likely need a massive overhaul, officials said. Notes from the medical examiner released last week show severe gashes to both the chest and neck area. A victim coordinator with the Caddo County District Attorney's office is still trying to get in touch with the owner of the building.
Authorities are working to get clearance to use money from a victim's relief fund to clean up the church.
At the funeral in northeast Oklahoma City, Daniels' brother, Ivan Henderson, told mourners to pray for three things.
"Pray so that we can forgive the person who did this," said Henderson, a minister who lives in Cleveland. "Pray that God gives favor to the police and the investigators, that God gives them strength."
Henderson also urged mourners to pray that the person or people who killed his sister be caught so they could not kill again.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. OSBI has asked FBI experts in fields like behavioral science to help find the killer or killers.
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