Investigators arrest man in connection with 21-year-old cold case; April tip led OSBI to 3 bodies
6:44 AM, May 2, 2013
6:44 AM, May 3, 2013
CREEK COUNTY, Okla. - State investigators arrested a man Thursday in connection with a decades-old cold case involving three missing persons in Creek County.
In a press conference Thursday, agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced that 60-year-old Grover Prewitt had been arrested as an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
Twenty-three-year-old Wendy Camp, her 6-year-old daughter Cynthia Britto and her 22-year-old sister-in-law Lisa Kregear disappeared in 1992 while traveling to the town of Shamrock.
Court documents released Thursday state Grover Prewitt told investigators on March 28 thought his sister, Beverly Noe, and his now-deceased mother, Ida Prewitt, killed the women and child and buried them eight feet underground.
That tip led investigators to a plot of land in Jennings, Okla. that Grover said he sold to his mother. On April 15, three bodies were excavated from the property.
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Though the bodies have not been identified or connected to the victims through DNA, investigators believe they've found the three missing people based on clothing and other items found with the remains.
"DNA will eventually confirm the identities of these three victims," said Stan Florence, OSBI director. "However, clothing descriptions at the time of their disappearance and items of clothing that were found in the skeletal remains and inside the grave indicate that the bodies that were uncovered were those of Camp, Britto and Kregear."
The causes and manners of death will not be determined until autopsies are complete, but investigators believe the victims were murdered.
On May 29, 1992, Camp, Britto and Kregear traveled to Shamrock, Okla. to visit Camp's son, whom she had with Chad Noe, according to the OSBI. The toddler lived with Noe.
Camp, Britto and Kregear were driven to and from Shamrock by Beverly Noe, Chad Noe's mother.
OSBI officials say Beverly Noe claims she dropped the three off at a Chandler Walmart and never saw or heard from them again.
Camp's husband filed missing persons reports May 30, 1992. He told authorities his wife was involved with a custody dispute with her ex-husband, Chad Noe, according to the affidavit.
Officials said during the press conference more arrests are possible.
"We believe several people are involved in this violent crime," reads a statement from the OSBI.
According to the affidavit, Prewitt later agreed to wear a wire on two occasions and engage in conversations with Beverly Noe regarding the females' disappearances.
During the first interaction, Prewitt "repeatedly interrupted Beverly and told her he did not know anything, preventing her from making any other statements," according to the affidavit.
In exchange for tips on this cold case OSBI is offering a $5,000 reward. Tipsters may call the OSBI hotline at 1-800-522-8017.