WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a missing 16-year-old girl from Weatherford is feared to have been sold into a human trafficking ring.
The OHP says Jaray Mickell Wilson has been missing since October 15th and that information indicates she's being held against her will or has been sold into human trafficking in Oklahoma City. Troopers did not say what information investigators have developed.
The OHP also says investigators are seeking a 37-year-old man as "person of interest" in Wilson's disappearance. That man is identified as Gilberto Paz.
WELLSTON, Okla. (AP) — The State Bureau of Investigation says a man found dead near Wellston, Oklahoma has been identified as a Mexican national.
The OSBI said Saturday that the body has been identified as 35-year-old Gustavo Barragan Valencia. A cause of death for Valencia has not been released — but investigators have said homicide is suspected.
Valencia's body was found Wednesday along a rural road near the Lincoln County town about 35 miles east of Oklahoma City.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three American Red Cross volunteers in Oklahoma are en route to the East Coast where they'll help in preparations for and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Steve Klapp of Cleveland County, Brittney Hucks of Oklahoma City and Donna Julian of Guymon left Oklahoma City on Saturday morning. Klapp and Julian are each heading to New Jersey while Hucks will travel to New York.
Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy could rival the worst East Coast storm on record.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The race for an open congressional seat in eastern Oklahoma is the top political prize in next week's general election for both parties, but the top candidates in the race are downplaying party affiliation.
Republican Markwayne Mullin stresses business experience as he tries to appeal to Democrats while Democrat Rob Wallace tries to distance himself from President Obama — who failed to win a single one of the district's 26 counties in 2008.
The two will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, along with independent Michael Fulks of Heavener.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Skiatook schools superintendent and an Oklahoma City businessman each have pleaded guilty to one conspiracy count over allegations that the school district was corruptly buying overpriced supplies.
Former superintendent Gary L. Johnson and businessman Rickey L. Enos entered their guilty pleas on Friday in Tulsa.
During the summer in state court, Johnson received a suspended 15-year sentence and was ordered to pay $657,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to taking $10,000 in cash bribes.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved a $2.3 billion budget request from Oklahoma lawmakers that includes additional funding for teacher pay raises.
The board on Thursday approved the budget request for lawmakers to consider as they craft a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The request represents a $289 million increase over the funding levels for the current fiscal year.