Person of interest in death of Carina Saunders may have sold his knives

Police are still searching for Cody Perez, 21, who they say is a “person of interest” in the killing of Carina Saunders, 19, whose dismembered body was found last week in a duffel bag in Bethany.
BY BRYAN DEAN and TIFFANY GIBSON Modified: October 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm •  Published: October 20, 2011

— 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.

Ashley Glimp, of Drumright, said Perez lived with her before moving to Oklahoma City. She said her best friend is Perez's girlfriend. She declined to give the girlfriend's name.

“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.

Cody Perez's Facebook Profile has disabled the comments for this article.

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