Oklahoma Pastor Found Dead Inside Her Church
Monday, August 24, 2009
ANADARKO, Okla. — A pastor in southwest Oklahoma was killed and her body was found inside her church, but authorities had few leads in the investigation, officials said.
The body of Carol Daniels was found Sunday inside the Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Anadarko. The small A-frame building sits along a main road in the Caddo County town of about 6,600 people, which is about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Daniels had trauma to her body, but officials did not disclose details about the killing, including how, when or where she died.
Investigators said they have no suspects in Daniels' death and few leads to follow. Officials on Sunday spoke with several people who gathered around the building after word about the slaying spread. Many of them wept and hugged each other.
Brown said Daniels, who was in her mid-50s, lived in Oklahoma City and drove to the church each Sunday for services.
Mitchell Pendarvis, who lives next door to the church, was surprised to hear about the killing.
"I don't know what to think and I'm trying to think," Pendarvis said. "I mean, who would do this to this woman?