Investigators find the remains of three people buried in a field near Jennings in Pawnee County. Now, an Oklahoma family has the answers they have been waiting for for nearly 21 years.
Thursday, authorities said this once cold case is now a triple homicide. Wendy Camp, her six year old daughter, Cynthia Britto and Wendy's sister-in-law Lisa Kregear have been missing since May 1992.
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Investigators began digging on the property on April 15. A day later, they would find what they believe are remains of Camp, Britto, and Kreager.
The clothing around the 20-year-old skeletons matches what the three were wearing when they disappeared. DNA tests will confirm the identities of the victims, but investigators have no doubt the remains are those of Camp, Britto and Kregear.
It's a day, Wendy's mother had lost hope would ever come.
"At one point I had given up," she said.
The three never returned from a visit with Wendy's young son in Shamrock. She was fighting for visitation of the boy with her ex-husband. Her former mother-in-law Beverly Noe was giving the women a ride home.
"They've gotten away with this for so long, just walked away thinking they can't get us because it's been so long," said Camp's aunt Terry Cooper.
Investigators found the bodies on the former property of Grover Pruitt, Beverly Noe's brother. Within the last month, a family member of Camp's ex-husband Chad Noe led them to the property. Pruitt was arrested and charged Thursday with accessory after the fact – murder 1st degree for his role in concealing the fact the three had been murdered and their bodies dumped in the hole originally dug for a septic tank.
At the time of the murders, he had sold his mother five of his 40 acres of land. It was on those five acres that the bodies were found. Prewitt was booked into the Creek County jail and bond was set at $500,000.
The OSBI believes several others are involved in the crimes.
"Twenty-one years ago, these women were murdered and buried under 8 feet of dirt. It's time for justice in this case," said Lincoln County District Attorney Richard Smotherman.
"It won't be over until I can sit there in that courtroom and hear them pronounce them guilty," said Taylor.
Authorities Thursday said this is just the start of the real investigation. They anticipate there will be more evidence to strengthen the case.