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Oklahoma City victim's family is terrified

The stepson of Julie Mitchell said messages of support are keeping the family going in a hard time. Police have not released details about Mitchell's death.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY Modified: November 5, 2010 at 9:03 am •  Published: November 5, 2010

The stepson of a woman found dead in a north Oklahoma City homicide case said his family is terrified, but messages from friends and the public are helping them hold together.

Julie Mitchell, 34, was found dead in her Oklahoma City home near Edmond late Tuesday in what was first reported as a suicide by one of her stepsons. But police said after officers entered the house at 640 NW 150, it became clearer that the case was a homicide. Police said they have no suspect information.

Mitchell's 30-year-old stepson said he has received messages of condolences for the past 36 hours. He said his brother, another one of Mitchell's stepsons, found her body in the house late Tuesday. Family members are "out of sorts" and appreciate messages from people, even when family members can't provide any answers, he said.

"Keep the messages coming," he said. "We really appreciate it."

People have sent messages of support to Mitchell's Facebook page.

The stepson said he does not want his name used due to the nature of the investigation. He said his father, Teddy D. Mitchell, 56, was out of town when his stepmother's body was found.

Police have learned Teddy Mitchell is a bookie, someone who illegally collects bets on sporting events, authorities told The Oklahoman. It was unclear Thursday if that activity had anything to do with her death.

'You can't believe it'

Julie Mitchell, a member of LifeChurch, had numerous friends in Oklahoma City who are trying to find out when a funeral or memorial service will be.

But details have not been set, the stepson said.

"My family is terrified. I mean, you know it can happen to you but then when it does you can't believe it," he said.

Julie Mitchell's Facebook page

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