Mother of woman whose body was found in duffel bag in Bethany told Oklahoma City police she was ‘terrified'

BY ROBERT MEDLEY and BRYAN DEAN Modified: October 19, 2011 at 12:50 am •  Published: October 19, 2011

“I don't want to say anything that could harm their investigation or hurt finding my son,” she said.

Perez has numerous tattoos, including the words “Hatchet Man” on the right side of his body, and “Clown Love” on his right arm. He is about 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. Perez did not have a car or a cellphone with him, according to police. Police ask anyone with information about Perez's whereabouts to call 911.

Perez was last seen wearing his blue and white culinary uniform with checkered pants, and was carrying a black case with knives in it. He had a black chef hat, a white jacket and black shoes.

“My goal right now is that he returns home to us,” Laraway said.

FBI assistance

When last seen by her cousin, Saunders was wearing gray Victoria's Secret pants with the word “pink” written on the back and a white muscle shirt, the police report states. Bethany Police Chief Phil Cole said Tuesday there has been no evidence Saunders was killed where she was found. He said Monday night that Saunders was last seen on Oct. 8 or 9 near NW 41 and MacArthur Boulevard.

Medical examiner's spokeswoman Amy Elliott said Tuesday an autopsy had not been completed, but Saunders' death has been ruled a homicide. The cause of death is pending, Elliott said.

A profile of Saunders' killer could be developed soon at the FBI headquarters in Quantico, Va. Clues about Saunders' death will be sent to FBI profilers in a behavioral analysis unit, said FBI Special Agent Clay Simmonds in Oklahoma City.

The FBI offered similar assistance to state investigators in the 2009 killing of the two girls in Weleetka, Simmonds said.

“Our agents have dealt with a number of murders over the years such as this, and from the knowledge we've gained, we try to develop some kind of profile,” Simmonds said.

Simmonds said Bethany investigators, assisted by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, will work with agents at FBI headquarters.

The combination of local law officers collecting evidence and the analysis of the evidence by FBI scientists hopefully will generate some leads, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bethany police at 789-2323.

Contributing: Staff Writer Tiffany Gibson


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