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Mother of missing Oklahoma City man speaks out

Cody Perez, 21, was last seen Oct. 10 after being dropped off at Platt College at Memorial Road and N May Avenue, police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. His mother, Rachel Laraway, has not seen him since and is asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward.
BY MATT DINGER Modified: October 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm •  Published: October 19, 2011

The mother of a missing man police now call a “person of interest” in the slaying of Carina Saunders is desperate for anyone to come forth with information about her son.

Cody Perez, 21, was seen Oct. 10 after being dropped off at Platt College at Memorial Road and N May Avenue, police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

Officials said Perez may have left the state Oct. 11. He was last seen that day near Interstate 35 and Robinson Street in Norman. He may have been trying to hitchhike, possibly to California, police said

His mother, Rachel Laraway, spoke early Wednesday, hours before Bethany police announced that her son was believed to be connected to the slaying.

“It was a normal day. Just ‘see you later and call you for a ride.' He was supposed to go to work afterward, and it was like he just dropped off the face of the Earth. He has not been seen or heard from since,” Laraway said.

“He was seen going into the school, and no one has heard from him since,” she said.

“My son worked very, very hard to get his paycheck, and he hasn't even picked up his paycheck or anything. He's just gone,” Laraway said.

Perez did not have a car — he has no driver's license — nor did he carry a cellphone on him.

“He didn't have any clothes with him. It's not like he could have walked off or anything like that,” Laraway said.

Wednesday, police said they were looking for two persons of interest, Perez and Kyle Tweed. Wednesday afternoon, police said they talked to Tweed and he no longer was considered to be connected to 19-year-old Saunders, whose dismembered body was found behind a Homeland grocery store at NW 23 and Rockwell Avenue.

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