Teen brutally murdered in convenience store

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VELMA, Okla. -- Tragedy hits a small Oklahoma town. Stephens County authorities found the body of a 16-year-old girl and believe she was the victim of a murder.

Authorities discovered the teen's body along an oil lease road in Velma.

A little while later, her car was found near the town of Weatherford.

Police were able to track down this girl's car using OnStar.

"You probably come in the front door of the school and look down the hall and that's Velma Public School," Principal Mike Thompson said. "That's Velma High School."

But there's one star student who won't be returning this fall when the doors open, 16-year-old Braylee Rae Henry.

"I called her tall girl," Thompsons said. "She smiled."

Just as constant as her smile was her involvement in school; she played almost every sport.

Nobody is a stranger in this town.

"You know their first name, their middle name, their last name," Thompson said.

But investigators are working to find out who the man is they believe took Braylee's life.

Twenty-one-year-old Miles Bench was found in Custer County driving Braylee's car.

He was a clerk at the Tee Pee Totem convenience store, the last known place Braylee was seen alive.

"An individual had went into the convenience store. No one was in the store and he became concerned and called Velma Police," Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said.

Investigators found blood inside the store and a K-9 tracked down Braylee's body just outside town.

"This doesn't happen in small town America, doesn't happen in Oklahoma. It doesn't happen in Velma," Thompson said. "Everybody will be OK. I've watched this town. Watched them rally. Good people who know what to do, how to do it and how to go about doing it."

Counselors have been called to Velma Schools to help comfort students. Bench is facing murder charges.

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