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Daughter searching for answers 12 years after unsolved murder of parents

Posted at 11:23 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 23:45:28-05

WELCH, Okla. — Twelve years ago Malinda Howard got a call forever etched in her mind.

On Sunday, November 9, 2008, Howard waited for her parents to get to church. But as time went on without a word from them, she started to worry. Her mother had suffered several strokes and her dad was incapacitated from an injury.

“She didn’t show up. So I tried calling her, no answer,” Howard said.

Growing more worried, Howard called someone who worked for her parents on their farm.

Howard said, "Dan called me back and he said you need to come out here,”

When she got to her parent's house, she received shocking news.

“The sheriff was already there and that’s when they told me they were both gone,” Howard said.

Someone shot both her parents in the head while they ate breakfast. Howard believes her parents knew their killer because there was no forced entry and only one thing was missing.

Howard said, “If It was random they would have taken something other than her purse."

The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigations is working the case and questioned several people, including Howard and her husband. However, there have been no solid leads or anyone named as a suspect, or person of interest.

The OSBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the murders of Howard's parents. If you have any information, you are urged to call OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.

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