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Oklahoma investigators have received hundreds of leads in missing persons case, new reward offered

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LOVE COUNTY, Okla. - Investigators updated the public Friday regarding a missing couple from southern Oklahoma.

Molly Miller and Colt Haynes have not been seen or heard from in more than three years.

Molly Miller, Colt Haynes

Molly Miller, Colt Haynes

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement agencies have run out countless leads since the couple's disappearance.

Friday morning officials said they have received more than 200 leads over the years but nothing that could close this case.

Family members say Miller and Haynes disappeared July 8 after riding in a car with a friend, later identified as James Conn Nipp.

Police say Nipp was driving that car, which spun out in front of a police car.

Nipp allegedly led authorities on a chase through Love County and eventually got away.

Investigators say 17-year-old Molly Miller was a passenger in the back seat of that car. 21-year-old Colt Haynes was a passenger in the front seat.

The car was found abandoned in Love County, but Miller and Haynes were never located.

"James Conn Nipp has been our number one suspect all along," Philip Klein told KFOR earlier this week.

Klein is a private investigator hired by the family.

Nipp was arrested for the chase and is currently serving time in prison for endangering others while eluding a police officer and assault with a dangerous weapon.

James Conn Nipp, DOC

James Conn Nipp, DOC

Nipp previously told authorities he had "no idea" where Miller and Haynes could be.

Last week, the case came back to light when Nipp's uncle, Love County Sheriff Joe Russell, was arrested for corruption, willful neglect of duty and maladministration.

Sheriff Joe Russell

Sheriff Joe Russell

The maladministration charge stems from an incident in which Russell allegedly allowed Nipp to meet with family unsupervised in a room with evidence.

Miller's family hopes Russell's recent arrest will lead to answers about what happened to Miller and Haynes.

OSBI Director Stan Florence says his agency is offering up to $10,000 reward for information which could help solve this case.

The families are offering separate awards that total $35,000