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

Court documents filed in the case suggest she may have been alive at that time.

Report of video

Tia Downour, an associate of Ruiz, said she watched the beginning of a troubling video on Ruiz's mobile phone in May at the Bel-Aire Motel.

Downour told investigators the video showed the killing of Saunders and that she was able to look at it while Ruiz was in the bathroom.

“Downour said she watched for a few seconds until Saunders began to scream,” Bethany police Lt. JR Jencks wrote in the affidavit.

The woman would also say that Ruiz was “the person in the video cutting off the foot of Saunders,” Jencks wrote in the affidavit.

Confidential witnesses in the case have painted a picture of a criminal organization that wanted to show what happens to people who don't cooperate.

One confidential witness told investigators that she was kidnapped and forced to watch the Saunders slaying.

Massey also shared details about the slaying with two men while in county jail, telling one he and Ruiz “cut the girl's arms and legs off” and passing the other handwritten notes describing what parts of the “woman's body were dismembered, and perhaps more importantly, how the body was wrapped before disposal,” according to court documents.

CONTRIBUTING:

Staff Writer Tim Willert

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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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