BETHANY — Two years after their daughter was butchered, Richard Saunders and Margie Queen want to “reawaken” investigators in hopes the case will be solved.
Carina Saunders was killed in October 2011. Her dismembered body was found in duffel bags behind a grocery store.
Queen said the past two years have been unbearable, with all the twists and turns the case has taken.
“It's been the huge hole that her absence has left, an aching hole,” Queen said. “We've been through major mental issues for me and the whole family. What's been hardest is not having answers.”
Bethany police initially handled the investigation into the death of the 19-year-old. Nine months after Saunders' body was found they arrested Luis E. Ruiz, now 39, and Jimmy Lee Massey Jr., now 35.
In February, the case was handed over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the murder charges against Ruiz and Massey were dropped due to insufficient evidence.
Queen said it was shocking to see the two men released because Bethany police had seemed so confident.
But OSBI officials insisted there was not enough evidence to support the charges.
“I'm more upset at the time about who to trust,” she said. “Who's telling the truth or who do we believe?”
Ruiz has been arrested twice in the past month on complaints of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, according to court documents.
On Sept. 24, a security guard at 2828 SW 59 found a clear plastic bag containing methamphetamine at Ruiz's feet and police were called, records show.
We have these killers out there, these monsters that have basically gotten away with murder.”
Carina Saunders' mother