Custer County investigators find person of interest, but are no closer to finding missing teen
A man identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of Weatherford 16-year-old was taken into custody Saturday, but after four hours of interviews, the Custer County sheriff believes he may have nothing to do with the case.
WEATHERFORD — Custer County investigators Saturday questioned a Weatherford man they hoped would help them track down a missing teenage girl believed to have been sold into human trafficking.
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Unfortunately, the tip that led deputies to Gilberto Paz, 37, may have been a false one, said Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples.
“We're still working on it, but we're not finding any connection with him at all so far,” Peoples said Saturday evening, about four hours after Paz showed up at a Weatherford home and was taken into custody.
Paz was reported Friday as a person of interest in the disappearance of Jaray Mickell Wilson, 16, of Weatherford, who was last seen Oct. 15.
Peoples told The Oklahoman investigators sought to question Paz because “his name kept coming up” during interviews with Wilson's friends and acquaintances.
Paz remained in custody Saturday on a weapons complaint, the sheriff said.
He said speculation that Wilson was sold into human trafficking came from the same sources, and that investigators can't rule out that the teen ran away.
Wilson is 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 95 pounds, has green eyes, black hair with a blond streak on the left side, and three piercings on her bottom lip.
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