Family asks for help finding missing Tulsa woman's remains

Posted at 5:23 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 19:11:39-04

The family of a missing Tulsa woman, believed to be dead, is asking the public to help them find closure.

This as new pieces of evidence have recently surfaced, hopefully giving investigators a hint as to where Samantha Puckett's murderer buried her body.

The family is asking is if you see something, say something. The case is not about seeking justice, it's about giving the family the chance to say goodbye.

"We want to put her at rest," Paul Puckett, Samantha's father said.

The Puckett family's hearts are unable to heal.

"For me, the clenching factor was Thanksgiving," Paul said. "She's was always home for holidays."

Little did the family know, Halloween would be the last time the Puckett family was whole.

"I knew when she wasn't here then [at Thanksgiving], something was seriously wrong," Paul said.

Samantha had fallen victim to an abusive relationship for the past seven years. Against her family's plea, she stayed with the man who family said beat her continuously.

"He did have a body bag and had threatened her," Paul said. He added that others told him this was the case after learning she had disappeared.

Family said Samantha's strong will to protect the one's she loved, may have gotten her killed.

"She felt that if she didn't go back, that she was putting the rest of the family in danger," Paul said.

Investigators pinpoint Samantha's disappearance, back to Nov. 8, the last day her cell phone showed any activity.

"We know that they were arguing, she had messaged a friend and said he was mad," Paul told 2 Works for You. Samantha was never heard from again.

Fast forward to Dec. 21, when police served a search warrant at her boyfriend's home near Apache and Utica, only to find him dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"He had said that if it ever came to that, and he killed her, that he would kill himself so they could be together forever," Paul said.

Now, the family is not left asking why or how, but where. Where could Samantha's body be?

Investigators believe they've narrowed it down after finding new evidence of car parts, which could possess Samantha's DNA.

"Those have not been determined to know whether those were the actual pieces out of his vehicle," Paul said.

But they are pieces of hope that may fit into the puzzle.

The Central U.S. Missing Persons Task Force along with Tulsa Police homicide detectives are working this case. Family strongly believes Samantha's body is within a couple of miles near the home she and her boyfriend shared.

If you did see anything during that time frame, you're asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 918-596-2677. You can remain anonymous.

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