ANADARKO — It's been a year since the body of an Anadarko church pastor was found mutilated behind the altar of the sanctuary where she preached Sundays to small congregations.
Authorities still are waiting for a break in the investigation into the killing of the Rev. Carol Daniels. No arrests have been made, but Daniels' mother has not given up hope.
Daniels, 61, was pastor of Christ Holy Sanctified Church. On Aug. 23, 2009, she traveled from Oklahoma City as she always did Sundays. It apparently was one of those Sundays when no church members showed up for services, but someone did enter the building.
Police found Daniels' nude body in what appeared to be a "crucifix position." The autopsy report revealed the pastor's hair had been set on fire and her head nearly severed.
In the past year, there have been fewer than 100 possible leads in the case, said Stan Florence, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation inspector.
"We've had some good leads, but they have not come in like you'd expect in a high-profile case," Florence said.
Learning to cope
The pastor's mother, Charles Etta Dunlap, 82, of Oklahoma City, said that with the passage of time, she is coping better. She said she hasn't heard from a law officer or investigator in about six months.
She does keep in touch with members of Daniels' congregation. She attended a memorial ceremony at the demolished church site in July.