The authorities in this rural town in eastern Oklahoma are trying to identify the remains of two teens who went missing just hours before being found.
Eddy Rice, the Okmulgee County sheriff, said that confirmation was pending. However, two bodies were thought to be Ivy Webster (14), and Brittany Brewer (16).
Rice announced late on Monday that “we are no longer searching.”
Webster and Brewer had their last contact with their families on Sunday. According to an Amber Alert, McFadden was traveling with Webster and Brewer. There was no information about the cause of death or other details.
Identities of four of the deceased were not immediately available, but the local school district said it was mourning the loss of “several” students.
The bodies of the victims were found during a search in Henryetta, a town with approximately 6,000 people located 90 miles east of Oklahoma City.
Rice stated that his team was following up on leads to determine what caused the deaths. Ashleigh said Ivy was supposed to be returning home at 5 pm Sunday, after visiting Brittany in McAlester. She later posted that they were with McFadden. McAlester is located about 40 miles south of Henryetta.
KJRH.com in Tulsa reported that McFadden’s wife, stepdaughter, and two of their brothers were also missing.
Rice said: “It’s a sad day once again for Okmulgee County.” “Please pray for the families. ”
Henryetta Public Schools sent a message to students and parents “grieving for the tragedy of losing multiple students.” Tuesday was declared an “extremely difficult” day for students, allowing them to receive grief counseling and have the support of their friends and faculty.
In the statement, it was stated that: “We will have mental health professionals and clergy members present. However, we understand if you prefer to keep your child home.” “Please continue to keep these children’s families in your thoughts and prayers.
Nathan Brewer told hundreds of people attending a Monday evening vigil: “It’s a parent’s nightmare, and I am living it.”
His daughter was going to compete in a beauty pageant during the month of July.
He replied, “I am just lost.” “I would never have imagined in my wildest dreams that I’d be burying her. ”
According to prison records of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODC), McFadden was convicted of first-degree crimes 20 years ago and released in October 2020. Oklahoma classifies first-degree sexual abuse as an “85% offense,” which means offenders must serve at least 85 percent of their sentence before they can be eligible for parole.
Records show McFadden was due Monday in Muskogee County District Court for a jury trial on one count of soliciting sexual conduct with a minor by use of technology and one count of possession of child pornography. McFadden failed to appear in court, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.