CUSTER COUNTY, Okla. – A Weatherford couple is waiting for answers after investigators found a human skull in Custer County.
More than a year ago, their 16-year-old daughter, JaRay Wilson, vanished.
They’ve been desperately searching for her since.
Tuesday, a tip led authorities to a wooded area where an agent found the skull.
Several hours later, officers moved in and arrested 19-year-old Tucker McGee for Wilson’s murder.
Missing flyers covered with Wilson’s pictures still sit in Brian Gayer’s store.
“What are you supposed to do?” questioned Gayers. “This baby is going to come home.”
He’s been searching by the Wilson family’s side for the teen for 428 days.
In just one day, the search may have come to an end.
Gayer said, “It’s been tough.”
He says he has never heard of McGee and wonders how the teen is involved in the disappearance.
NewsChannel 4 went to the home where McGee lived with his mother but no one answered the door.
Initially, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics was investigating Wilson’s case as possible human trafficking.
Her face has been seen nationwide.
Gayer said, “It’s opening the world’s eyes to where we’re not a safe place.”
Back at the crime scene, roads are blocked.
Those who live nearby are stunned by the discovery.
“It’s a peaceful area,” said Joshua Lightfoot. “A lot of those kids do hang out here a lot. They’re high school kids. They fish and stuff like that.”
“It’s sad, you know?” said Gayer. “They’re miles from me. She’s possibly been down there for 14 months. Right in our own backyards.”
Gayer points out arrests have been made before in the case, but investigators let the suspects go due to lack of evidence.
Until the medical examiner’s office confirms the bones are Wilson’s, Gayer keeps his hopes and his flyers up.
“JaRay is one of ours,” said Gayer. “We want her to come home.”
OBN investigators say more arrests are possible.