Seven bodies were found on a piece of property in rural Oklahoma on Monday afternoon during a search for two teenage girls who had been reported missing and were said to have been seen with a convicted sex offender, according to officials with the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office.
None of the seven victims were identified, and the authorities would not say whether they included the missing girls, Ivy Webster, 14, and Brittany Brewer, 16.
But Sheriff Eddy Rice said that the authorities had called off the search for Ivy and Brittany after the bodies were found at the property, near Henryetta, the county seat, and just south of Tulsa. “We believe to have found everything that we were seeking this morning,” Sheriff Rice said.
The sheriff said he could not provide any details about the seven deaths, but said the case was being investigated as a homicide.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol issued a missing-persons alert earlier on Monday saying it was believed that the girls had last been seen about 1:30 a.m. in Henryetta in a white Chevrolet pickup with Jesse L. McFadden.
Mr. McFadden, 39, is a registered sex offender and rapist who was scheduled to go on trial on Monday in Muskogee County on several charges, including child pornography and soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor using technology.
A bench warrant was issued after Mr. McFadden failed to appear in court on Monday morning.
Ivy spent Saturday at a friend’s house and was reported missing after she failed to return home on Sunday evening, according to a Facebook post from the Sheriff’s Office.