BLANCHARD — The mother-in-law of homicide victim Jaymie Adams is upset after paying a $400-plus bill to get her 1980 Chevrolet Chevette out of impound.
Irven Box, an attorney representing Tina Clarke, said he advised his client to take action against the police department for a practice he described as “totally wrong.”
“I told her to file a claim and get the process started,” Box said. “There's a process to this ... it has to be heard by the city council, and they decide where it goes from there.”
Box said the Oklahoma City Police Department doesn't have its own impound lot, which is why Clarke had to pay a private company to liberate her car.
“I think that's just wrong,” he said. “She's on a very tight budget.”
Box also represents Clarke's son and the victim's husband, Justin Adams.
The attorney said some people in Blanchard “have turned their backs” on his clients since Jaymie Adams' disappearance and death.
“A lot of people have given them the cold shoulder, absolutely,” Box said. “And Justin's not been able to get a job since all this started, and it's probably going to be like that for a while.
“I think with all the things that have come out, since all this happened, it's going to be quite difficult for him to get a job anytime soon.”
A 2004 Chrysler Town & Country, which was being driven by Jaymie Adams at the time of her disappearance, and the Chevette were searched by police, who were looking for biological evidence, fingerprints and other clues.
The van has since been repossessed by a bank due to nonpayment, Box said.
“Things are tough for them right now, no question about it,” the attorney said.
Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said no arrests have been made in the case and there are no suspects.
The medical examiner's office has yet to release a cause of death.