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Carina Saunders' autopsy report released months after Oklahoma woman's body was found in duffel bag

The state medical examiner released a copy of Carina Saunders' autopsy report Wednesday, months after the 19-year-old Oklahoma woman was found dismembered in a duffel bag behind a Bethany grocery store.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: August 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm •  Published: August 15, 2012

The state medical examiner released an autopsy report Wednesday on Carina Saunders, the 19-year-old Mustang woman whose remains were found behind a Bethany grocery store in October.

The report had been withheld from the public since it was completed so Bethany police detectives could build their case. Two men have since been arrested and charged in Saunders' killing.

Jimmy Massey, 34, and Luis Ruiz, 37, are being held in the Oklahoma County jail.

Court documents filed in the case suggest that she was killed to intimidate others not to defy a human- and drug-trafficking ring.

The autopsy lists “violent death” as the cause of death and homicide as the manner.

The remains were found in a duffel bag on Oct. 13.

“The body parts were wrapped with plastic wrap, a laundry bag and a duffel bag,” the report states.

The report shows Saunders' killers may have tried to conceal her identity, although dental records were ultimately used to identify her decomposing body.

“There is a tattoo on the upper back showing rectangular cut marks, in attempt made to remove the tattoo,” the report states.

Saunders had the words “Kween Spade” tattooed on her back, the report shows.

She was decapitated and her hands and her feet were missing.

The doctor performing the autopsy noted the victim had tramadol in her system, but it's not clear in what quantity. The drug is a nonnarcotic pain reliever that requires a prescription.

The autopsy reveals the brutality of Saunders' death, although it's not made clear in the document whether the young woman was alive while she was dismembered.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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