UPDATE: Police Captain in Carina Saunders murder investigation released from post


BETHANY, Okla. — There was a shake-up in the ranks of the Bethany Police Department. City Officials announced today that Captain Jack Jencks is no longer with the agency.

Jencks was a captain during the investigation into the brutal murder of Carina Saunders. Saunder’s remains were found stuffed inside a duffel bag behind a Bethany grocery store in 2011. 

Two people were later arrested but prosecutors dismissed the charges.

As for why Jencks was let go, the City will only say he was released for the “Good of the Service and this was a personnel matter.”

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Director Stan Florence said that his agency was called in to investigate evidence missing from the Bethany Police Department, but this case was unrelated to the Saunder’s case.

“There were drugs that were supposed to be located in an evidence envelope and that was not the case in this particular incident,” Florence says.

Jencks and two other officers were put on administrative leave during the investigation. The other two officers are back on duty.

The District Attorney’s office said they are looking at the case, but at this point to criminal charges have been filed against Jencks.


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