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

Kokotan also revealed the fate of the family dog, Maizy, who was found in the Jamison's pickup after their disappearance. The dog, trapped in the cab of the truck for eight days, was barely alive and had survived by eating its own feces.

“Maizy survived,” Kokotan said. “She lives with Bobby's mom now. Madyson loved that dog so much.”

As for the $32,000 in cash found in the family's pickup, Kokotan said she has no idea where it came from. She said Bobby Jamison recently had been in a serious car accident — which left him unable to work — but that she wasn't aware of any settlement.

Rumors of Sherilyn Jamison's weight loss in the months leading up to her disappearance also are easily explained, Kokotan said.

She said her daughter was depressed at the time of her death because of the loss of her sister, Marla, Kokotan's middle child.

Sherilyn Jamison's little sister died in 2007 after her tongue was bitten by a bee, causing her throat to swell almost instantly.

“Sherilyn was still dealing with that (when she disappeared),” Kokotan said. “She had a history of depression. It was something she was dealing with for years.”

Kokotan also dismissed rumors that Bobby and Sherilyn Jamison were drug users or that either one of them suffered from “dangerous” mental health conditions.

“I never saw anything like that,” she said. “Sherilyn was depressed. She was looking for ways to fight through that, but I never saw any evidence they were using drugs of any kind.”

Active investigation

A husband, wife and their daughter found the remains many believe belong to the Jamisons on Saturday while scouting the area for possible deer hunting.

The area, part of the San Bois Mountains, is rugged and densely wooded in some areas. The couple and their daughter had been in the area more than four years ago looking for land to purchase.

The remains found over the weekend now are being examined by experts working for the state medical examiner's office, including an anthropologist and odontologist.

Amy Elliott, spokeswoman for the state medical examiner's office, said the agency will try and use dental records to identify the three bodies found. If that doesn't work, Elliott said DNA will be taken from the remains and checked against DNA of presumed relatives.

Latimer County Sheriff Jesse James said an incident report detailing his agency's involvement in the recovery of the three sets of remains over the weekend was still not ready on Tuesday afternoon.

Kokotan said she's hopeful the discovery of the bodies will help solve what she believes is a triple homicide.

“I think (law enforcement) knows more than they're saying, they've implied that over the years,” she said.

“And I hope those remains are (the Jamisons). I know that sounds strange, but I need closure. All the people who've been affected by this need closure.”

CONTRIBUTING:

Staff Writers Bryan Dean, Graham Lee Brewer

and Robert Medley


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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