WEATHERFORD – One day after human remains are found in Weatherford and over 14 months after an Oklahoma teen’s disappearance, we’re learning more about a suspect arrested in the case.
In October of last year, 16-year-old JaRay Wilson of Weatherford vanished without a trace.
Her family feared she had been sold into human trafficking.
Then, Tuesday morning, investigators working the case say, they received a tip that led them to a wooded area two miles north of Weatherford, where a human skull was found.
Just hours later, 19-year-old Tucker McGee was taken into custody, held on suspicion of murder.
We stopped by the home where McGee lived with his mother. She simply said she did not want to make any comment.
Living across the street from McGee, Ryan Ooley was shocked when he heard Tucker’s name on the news Tuesday.
“He seemed like a cool dude back in the day,” says Ooley. “He probably just got mixed up with the wrong kind of people, you know.”
Karen Elkins worked with McGee at a convenience store in town, even after Jaray disappeared.
She says it’s only been a couple of months since he was let go and she had no idea he could have been capable of murder.
“I cannot believe that kid was right there beside me when all of this was going on,” says Elkins.
Elkins is also a close friend of the Wilsons and she’s been waiting to see the face of whoever is responsible for what happened to JaRay for 14 months now.
“I’m just glad that the police have him now,” says Elkins. “And some of the people in town can’t get a hold of him.”
Another close friend of the Wilson family, Kambra Graham owns a salon in town that held a benefit in Jaray’s honor earlier this year.
Even with McGee’s arrest, she says the family and everyone in town will not believe it until the remains are confirmed to be JaRay.
“It hurts to know people are already assuming,” says Graham. “What you have to do is keep faith and stay strong and hope and pray that somebody’s wrong and she’s still out there.”
That confirmation will come from the medical examiner’s office in days ahead.
McGee is expected to make his first court appearance on Friday after official charges are filed.
Donations to help curb expenses for the Wilson family right now are being accepted at 1100 East Main St. in Weatherford, or you can call (580) 772-5575.