WILSON — The mysterious July 7 disappearance of a teenage girl and her 21-year-old boyfriend has prompted a massive law enforcement search that is heading into its third month.
Rumors are rampant, said Wilson Police Chief Felix Hernandez, who has been heading up the investigation into the disappearance of Molly Miller, 17, and Colt Haynes, 21, who are both from the Wilson area.
“We've heard that they were (seen alive) in Wichita Falls, Texas. We've checked Texas twice,” Hernandez said. “We've had rumors they were buried somewhere.
“We've done air searches, ground searches, pond searches,” he said, adding that officers also have searched oil wells because of rumors the couple many have been killed and their bodies dumped down an oil well.
Some of the hottest rumors have centered on a stolen car chase that occurred the night Miller and Haynes disappeared.
The chase began the night of July 7 when the stolen vehicle “did a doughnut” in front of a Wilson police officer and took off at a high rate of speed, the police chief said.
The officer pursued the car south to the Love County border, where a Love County sheriff's officer took over the pursuit before eventually losing the vehicle.
About two weeks later, the car was found abandoned in rough terrain in western Love County, said Garrett Lambert, the missing girl's brother.
The car had run through a fence and over some small trees and brush, Hernandez said. It was found not far from where the chase had ended.
No blood or other signs of foul play were found in the car, the police chief said.
Jessica Brown, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, confirmed her agency is assisting with the investigation but declined to say whether fingerprints of Miller or Haynes were found in the vehicle.