Claremore man wanted for murder of female escort

ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. - Vance Wright, 35, is wanted out of Rogers County for the Oct. 2011 death of 27-year-old Kelsey Bray.  

According to court documents, Wright is accused of inflicting mortal wounds to Bray by strangulation and/or throwing her from a bridge.

Bray's body was found beneath a bridge off I-44 near mile marker 244 in Rogers County on Oct. 27, according to to a probable cause affidavit.

An investigation found that Wright met Bray through an escort service on Oct. 9 and agreed to pay $600 for her company.  

In the affidavit, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Rick Humdy said Wright and Bray were discovered stranded Oct. 9 around 4:30 p.m., having run out of gasoline near mile marker 244 on I-44. The trooper helped Wright contact friends to bring him gas. Humdy then left around 5 p.m.

According to the document, around 5:30 p.m. Wright's friends arrived to help at the location but no one was near the truck. His friend called out for Bray at the truck. Wright then appeared from the side of the truck that was also the same side Bray's body was later discovered.

Wright made conflicting statements to his friends about Bray's whereabouts, saying she had either walked away to get gas or was given a ride by another motorist.

Court documents show no family or friends had contact with Bray following Oct. 9.

On Oct. 29, Wright was taken into custody in Tennessee on a warrant for his arrest for unauthorized use of a vehicle. He was extradited to Oklahoma and questioned about Bray's whereabouts. He told officials that she had left the truck with a gas can Oct. 9 and he had not seen her since.

A warrant was issued Sept. 19 for Wright's arrest.

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