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.
“I want to thank everyone for loving her and being a friend and caring for her. It means all the world to me,” she said.
Henry was on the cross-country and track teams, was FFA president and was involved in the Stephens County 4-H Club and student council, her mother said.
She had a big crush on Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and said she wanted to marry him, Henson said. It was a crush her mother shared.
Henson said she bought a Thunder shirt that said Ibaka on it and teased her daughter by saying she wasn't going to buy her one.
Henson said Henry wanted to go to the University of Oklahoma to learn to become an ultrasound technician after she graduated from high school.
Though she won't see her daughter go to OU, Henson said she was immensely impressed by all of her daughter's accomplishments.
“I love you Braylee, and I'm proud of you. I'm so proud to be your mother,” Henson said.