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Girl found dead in Stephens County is identified; arrest is made

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a girl's body found on oil lease property in Stephens County, outside the Velma city limits.
BY CARMEN FORMAN cforman@opubco.com Modified: June 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm •  Published: June 8, 2012
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VELMA — A 16-year-old girl who went to buy a soda pop at a convenience store Wednesday night was found dead later in a pasture east of Velma.

A Stephens County Sheriff's Department canine unit found the body of Braylee Rae Henry. The body had signs of trauma.

Myles Sterling Bench, 21, was arrested on a murder complaint after he was found driving Henry's car. Deputies tracked the car using its GPS system.

Bench is a clerk at the Tee Pee Totem convenience store, where investigators found blood on the floor Wednesday night.

Stephens County District Attorney Jason Hicks said he plans to file charges Monday when the investigation is completed.

The victim's mother said she doesn't know who Bench is or why he would hurt her daughter.

“She's just an athlete and a good girl. She just went to get a Coke,” Renee Henson said.

“I was just angry and mad that someone would take my baby. She was so innocent and wouldn't hurt a fly.”

Henry would have been a junior at Velma-Alma High School in the fall and was very involved at school, Henson said.

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