Trying to pin down the place where Carina Saunders was killed and dismembered, investigators removed DNA and blood evidence from an apartment unit belonging to a convicted felon nicknamed “Monster.”
The Oklahoma City apartment at 1691 Heyman belonged to Michael Knight, 27, records filed Thursday show.
Prosecutors say Knight, who's been arrested numerous times the past two years, told witnesses the Saunders slaying was carried out at the apartment and that a woman named Rachel cleaned up the mess. He is now in Oklahoma County jail in an unrelated case.
Documents filed in Oklahoma County reveal investigators removed hair, a machete with a 20-inch blade, a piece of linoleum tile and a towel with a dark stain on it when they searched the apartment in December.
A BlackBerry, a roll of black electrical tape and traps from the kitchen and bathroom sinks also were seized by police.
Investigators searching the property found the residence abandoned just a few days before Christmas, the smell of bleach thick in the air.
Blood, hair and bugs were found in a freezer inside the apartment. Blood also was detected in the living room and a bedroom, records show.
According to the Department of Corrections website, Knight is 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 280 pounds. He also has tattoo on his left arm that says “Monster.”
Case remains active
It's been more than three months since Saunders, of Bethany, was found dismembered in a duffel bag behind a grocery store at NW 23 and Rockwell, but Bethany Police Chief Phil Cole said the case remains active.
“This investigation is still very much ongoing,” Cole said.
“We have one of our three investigators working on it full time. We still get tips and we're still developing information on this case.
“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.”
Jimmy Lee Massey, 33, has been connected to the case since a confidential witness told investigators she was kidnapped by Massey and forced to watch the slaying of Saunders.
Massey was named in a murder warrant in the case, but he has not been charged. He has also been implicated in drug- and human-trafficking rings.
Cole didn't identify any further suspects in the case, saying investigators were waiting on tests to come back after the search of Knight's residence.