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Authorities arrest ex-boyfriend in 2007 disappearance of Oklahoma woman

Ronnie Dean Denny Jr., 35, the former boyfriend of a Cordell woman reported missing in 2007, has been arrested in Texas. An Oklahoma multicounty grand jury issued a first-degree murder indictment last week.
by Nolan Clay Modified: July 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm •  Published: July 2, 2014

The former boyfriend of a Cordell woman was arrested Monday night in Texas in her death, more than seven years after she went missing.

Ronnie Dean Denny Jr., 35, is charged with first-degree murder even though the victim’s body still has not been located.

The victim, Melissa Sue Flores, was 27 when she went missing in January 2007.

Oklahoma’s multicounty grand jury indicted Denny on Thursday after new information surfaced in the case. He was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Monday at his home in Princeton, Texas, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday.

Denny for years denied involvement in the disappearance even though Flores’ mother found her daughter’s car outside his Cordell home. Inside the car were Flores’ purse and cellphone. She had told her family in a phone call she had slept over at her former boyfriend’s home.

“OSBI asked me if I killed Melissa. I told them straight up, ‘No, I had nothing to do with her disappearance,’” Denny told The Oklahoman in 2010.

The OSBI said Tuesday its agents “have been working the murder case for numerous years.” Agents interviewed Denny again after his arrest Monday night.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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