Mother believes religious cult is responsible for Oklahoma family's disappearance

The mother of a woman missing in southeastern Oklahoma since late 2009 said she believes a religious cult is responsible for the disappearance and now presumed deaths of her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: November 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm •  Published: November 19, 2013

The mother of a woman missing in northern Latimer County since late 2009 said she believes a religious cult is responsible for the disappearance and now presumed deaths of her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.

Three bodies were recovered over the weekend near Kinta, roughly three miles from where a truck belonging to Bobby and Sherilyn Jamison was found abandoned in October 2009.

Authorities have said the remains appear to be those of two adults and a child, fueling speculation that the Jamisons and their 6-year-old daughter, Madyson, finally have been found.

Law enforcement and volunteers launched a massive search after the family's disappearance but turned up nothing.

>>Read: Mud slows hunt for missing three in southeast Oklahoma (Published Oct. 24, 2009)

>>Read: Eufaula family’s fate remains mystery (Published May 2, 2010)

Sitting in her apartment Tuesday afternoon in northwest Oklahoma City, Connie Kokotan discounted “wild” theories about the disappearance of the Jamisons — even those publicly discussed by law enforcement officials.

“Just like I've said from the very beginning, I think somebody killed them,” Kokotan said. “There's just no way that Bobby and Sherilyn would ever let anything happen to Madyson unless something had been done to them.”

Kokotan, 63, said that Sherilyn Jamison was on a “hit list” maintained by an unnamed religious cult operating in southeast Oklahoma.

Nothing about the Jamisons' case has been typical.

After the family's disappearance, it was revealed — by their pastor — that the Jamisons were engaged in spiritual warfare with ghosts living at their Eufaula lake house.

Reports at the time also describe a large storage container found at the lake house, that spoke of witchcraft and impending danger for the family.

Shortly before his family disappeared, Bobby Jamison had told his pastor he was reading a “satanic bible” and that he was seeking “special bullets” to do battle with spirits.

“That part of Oklahoma is known for that ... cults and stuff like that ... from what I've been told and from what I've read,” Kokotan said.

“I was told (around the time of Sherilyn's disappearance) ... that she was on a cult's hit list.”

New details

While Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation officials have said that nothing was found at the scene to help identify the three bodies found over the weekend, Kokotan said an OSBI agent told her that a child's shoe was found nearby.

“I asked them what it looked like, what color is was,” she said. “Madyson's favorite color was pink. She always wore pink.”


by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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