Reward offered in dismemberment death of Carina Saunders in 2011 after body found in duffel bag

Posted at 8:57 AM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 09:57:23-04

BETHANY, Okla. (AP) -- The Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation says a reward is being offered for information about the death of a 19-year-old woman whose dismembered body was found in a duffel bag five years ago.

The body of Carina Saunders was discovered on Oct. 13, 2011, behind a grocery store in the Oklahoma City suburb of Bethany. Investigators say they believe her death is connected to drugs and human trafficking.

The Bethany Police Department asked OSBI to take over the investigation more than a year after Saunders' death. OSBI special agents and other law enforcement officials have followed multiple leads but have not identified a suspect.

The OSBI says a "substantial reward" in the unsolved case will be announced at a news conference on Wednesday.