Oklahoma man talks about mysterious death of wife in Cole home

A newly married woman found dead Wednesday in a farm house near Cole spent the last days of her life trying to change her name.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: April 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm •  Published: April 10, 2014

— A man whose wife was found dead inside the couple’s home said he believes an organized band of thieves is responsible for the death.

The body of Rachelle Lynn Flowers, 24, was found Wednesday in the master bedroom of the couple’s small farmhouse, about five miles east of Blanchard.

“I think a car pulled up, two guys got out,” the husband, Clinton Flowers, said Thursday. “They kicked open the door, the backdoor. She was bringing in groceries or something...and she got into something she couldn’t get out of,” he said.

“I know there must’ve been more than one...because she was tough.”

Flowers said he found his wife’s body after he arrived home from a carpentry job he was doing on the north side of Oklahoma County. He said he had been trying to text and call his wife for hours by that point.

When he pulled up to his house, Flowers said there were deputies and other first responders all over his yard.

“They told me not to go in there,” said Flowers, who often broke into tears as he discussed his wife.

Flowers and his wife had only one key to the house, he said, so he said he had to remove a window-mounted air conditioner and break the window to gain access.

When he entered the house, Flowers said he immediately suspected foul play.

“When I got inside, the smell of propane was overpowering,” he said. “They had opened the oven and...the house was full of propane.”

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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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