Reward Offered in "Horrific" Slaying of Oklahoma Pastor

By: From CNN
By: From CNN

ANADARKO, Oklahoma -- Investigators have offered a $10,000 reward in the killing of a pastor at an Oklahoma church, a crime the local prosecutor described as "horrific."

She traveled many Sundays to Anadarko, Oklahoma, about 50 miles southwest of her home, to Christ Holy Sanctified Church "in case people came in to worship," her son, Alvin Daniels, told CNN.

Investigators found her body inside the church around noon Sunday.

District Attorney Bret Burns called the crime scene the worst he'd ever seen in 17 years as a prosecutor, but he would not say why. He has described a "horrific" scene inside the church but declined to elaborate. He also declined to comment when asked about a possible motive.

Jessica Brown, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said the body was "staged" after the killing but declined to say more. She said investigators have some promising leads, but a bureau statement said police have no suspects.

The bureau has offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person.

"She was very cautious for the most part, and she would usually leave the door open in case people came to worship," her son said.

The death has unnerved religious leaders in Anadarko, said Ted Mercer, pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship, which is about three blocks from the church were Daniel's body was found.

Burns, the district attorney, met with religious leaders this week. He urged them to be observant and have a security plan in place at their churches, Mercer said.


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