Persons of Interest in Disappearance Of Teen Arrested In OKC Murder Case


Wednesday, November 21st 2012, 2:37 pm
By: News 9


Two men considered persons of interest in a Weatherford teen's disappearance have been arrested in an Oklahoma City homicide investigation.

Authorities arrested Curtis Southerland and Gilberto Paz in Custer County Tuesday afternoon.

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Both are being held on complaints of murder and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon in a September homicide. Police found 23-year-old Jonathan Patton's body inside a home near SE 134th and Choctaw Road in Oklahoma City on September 10.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics' Human Trafficking Unit, the Custer County Sheriff's Office, working with Oklahoma City police developed information regarding the homicide while investigating the disappearance of JaRay Wilson of Weatherford.

That information stemmed from a potential witness, who revealed to investigators that Paz and Southerland went to a home near SE 134 and Choctaw to rob the homeowner, but wound up shooting and killing Patton instead.

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The OBN tells News 9 that both Paz and Southerland are considered persons of interest in Wilson's disappearance, but neither are being held on complaints or charges related to the disappearance.