Woman’s Body Found Stuffed in Duffel Bag Linked to Human Trafficking

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BETHANY, Okla. — Police in Bethany, Oklahoma, are investigating a murder they believe is linked to a local drug and prostitution ring.

Police arrested Jimmy Lee Massey, Jr., suspected of taking part in the murder of Carina Saunders, 19, whose dismembered body was found stuffed in a duffel bag behind a store.

Bethany Chief of Police Phil Cole said they believe Massey kidnapped another woman and forced her to watch the torture and murder of Saunders.

“We believe the murder of Saunders was to send a message to the kidnapping victim and others they needed to take part in the human trafficking side of this criminal organization,” Cole said.

According KFOR.com, Massey described in “very specific and graphic details how the body of Saunders had been tortured and finally dismembered prior to its disposal.”

Massey is being held behind bars at the Oklahoma County jail on drug charges.

Another man, Francisco Gomez, also faces the same drug charges and is being considered a person of interest in Saunders’ murder. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Bethany police.

For more information on this story, visit KFOR.com.

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