BETHANY — A person of interest in the Carina Saunders slaying reportedly sold his set of culinary knives to a local pawnshop the day he was reported missing.
An anonymous pawnshop employee said Cody Perez, 21, sold the knives for $50 to the pawnshop about 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10, KWTV-News 9 reports.
Perez was reported missing by his mother on Oct. 10. He was named as a person of interest this week in the death of 19-year-old Saunders.
A Bethany police dispatcher said Perez had not been located as of Thursday evening.
Saunders' remains were found Oct. 13 in a duffel bag behind the Homeland at NW 23 and Rockwell in Bethany. She had been beheaded.
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“She's scared that he's gone. She's afraid that something bad happened,” Glimp said. “I don't think it's possible he's done anything.”
Perez's mother, Rachel Laraway, said Thursday her son and his girlfriend share a Facebook page. She said the girlfriend has been signing into the account and publishing posts.
Glimp said the girlfriend wrote, “This is Cody's GF. I don't know if you all have heard but Cody is missing … I love him very much and just hope he's safe.”
Perez had been pictured on his Facebook page wearing a bandanna over his face and holding a hatchet. Those photos no longer appeared Thursday on the limited-access portion of his Facebook page.
Perez was a culinary student and worked at an Olive Garden restaurant in the Oklahoma City area.
He is a self-described Juggalo, a fan of the hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse. The band is known for violent lyrics about themes such as murder and cannibalism.
Officials said Perez has a lengthy criminal history in the Tulsa area, including arrests for assault. A gang investigator for Tulsa police and the Tulsa County sheriff's office said authorities are aware of the case and are monitoring the area.
The investigator said when Perez was a juvenile he admitted to Sand Springs officials he was in a gang, and had a tattoo on his arm. The investigator said she doesn't have any other documentation about whether he was or is currently in a gang.
The last update Tulsa officials received was that Perez was out of the state. Bethany police think Perez may have hitchhiked to California.
After hearing some of the details of the case, nationally renowned criminal profiler Pat Brown, of Maryland, said Saunders's death doesn't appear to be the act of a serial killer. She said usually criminals will dismember their victims when they want to prevent authorities from identifying the person or they need to move the body.
Bethany Police Chief Phil Cole said he does not think residents should be alarmed, but he said they should remain vigilant and report suspicious activities.