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Sheriff’s Office, DA’s Office among agencies commended by state bureau of investigation following discovery of bodies

By Joshua Allen
ONL Staff Reporter

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation sent out a media release Thursday officially thanking several agencies for assistance with the investigation into the two bodies discovered Tuesday south of Okemah in Okfuskee County. 

Among the agencies receiving commendation were the Okfuskee County Sheriff’s Office and Okfuskee County District Attorney’s Office, as well as the Texas agencies involved: Temple Police Department, Bell County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Rangers. 

The help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was also said to be appreciated, noting the FBI agents that assisted did so without a paycheck due to the current government shutdown. 

“These agencies provided manpower and worked tirelessly in this investigation, and the team effort is commended and appreciated by the OSBI,” the media release said. 

Thursday, the positive identification of the bodies was released but the Oklahoma State Medical Examiners Office, officially identifying the bodies to be those of 32-year-old Michael Swearingin and 28-year-old Jenna Scott, both reported missing from Temple, Texas early this month. 

The cause of death has yet to be released as of Thursday afternoon.  

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More information will be released as it is made available.

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