One suspect remains at large Sunday in connection with an Oklahoma City woman's death. Alecia Payne's body was found in Nicoma Park last month.
Authorities arrested three of the four suspects earlier this week. Now, friends and family of the young mother of three are trying to deal with the loss.
“You see stuff like that on TV but you never think it's going to happen to you or to somebody you know,” said Bonnie Ramsey, Alecia Payne’s close friend.
Ramsey and Terresa Grayson want answers about how their friend Alecia Payne died.
“She has babies that deserve to know what happened to her,” Grayson said.
The two say Payne's three girls, all under the age of 6, still don't understand why their mother is gone.
“She's a great mother, loved her kids to death,” said Ashley Deal, Payne’s friend and co-worker. “Always happy and cheerful. If anybody needed a place to stay she was going to open her home to them, if they needed money, if she had it she would give it to them.”
The 26-year-old mother was found dead in Nicoma Park on March 31.
Through a tip, investigators learned four suspects conspired to remove her lifeless body from an Oklahoma City motel. US Marshals arrested 40-year-old Michael Lee Brown early Wednesday afternoon.
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 19-year-old Shyann Lowery late Tuesday night while 30-year-old Melissa Evans, was already in custody at the Tulsa County Jail at the time the warrants were issued on Tuesday.
Authorities are still searching for the fourth suspect, Jeremy Steelman.
“Everything that happens in the dark comes to light, everything” said Grayson. “You can't always keep something under wraps. Somebody knows something.”
Until then, Payne's friends are raising money to help her little girls.
“To see someone like Alecia taken like that, it's hurts, because she was so full of life and she has those girls that need her and she's not here for them,” said Ramsey.
The cause of death for Alecia Payne is still pending. If you have any information regarding the location of Jeremy Steelman, you are asked to contact investigators at (405) 713-1017.