Investigators look for leads in deaths of brother, sister in rural Love County

Authorities have not named a suspect in the deaths of a 78-year-old man and his 80-year-old sister who were found dead Friday night by a hunter in rural Love County property.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: May 7, 2013
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Investigators said Monday they are desperate for leads in the case of a 78-year-old man and his 80-year-old sister who were found dead Friday night near where they were clearing a fence line on a rural property in Love County.

Thomas Monroe “Sunny” Culwell and Marion Almenia Culwell were found about 10:40 p.m. by a hunter, and had injuries that indicated homicide, a spokeswoman with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said.

“It was out in the brush just a little ways from the fence where they were working,” Love County Sheriff Joe Russell said.

The two were clearing the fence line on the property, where they keep cattle, Russell said.

The property is just east of State Highway 76 near the Simon Cemetery.

“I've known them all my life,” Russell said. “I was born right near there. They were very good people.”

OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said investigators have collected evidence from the crime scene and interviewed numerous people.

Authorities have not named any suspects in the case.

Russell said Sunny Culwell was a school bus driver and Marion Culwell was a retired schoolteacher.

“She had a son that is in a wheelchair that worked for me for 11 years here in the sheriff's office as a dispatcher,” Russell said.

“Every day she would drive him in to work and pick him up.”

Russell's deputies are working with OSBI agents on the case. He said he doesn't know of anyone who would have a motive to kill the Culwells.

“If anybody has any leads, we would sure appreciate a call,” Russell said. “It bothers me that something like that would happen in my county. It's something we hear about in Oklahoma City or Tulsa, but not here.”


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