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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

Just changed name

The couple had been married since Feb. 28. Rachelle Flowers had gone to the McClain County courthouse on Wednesday to have her name legally changed from Shepherd to Flowers, Clinton Flowers said.

The couple’s marriage license was on the dashboard of her truck when deputies arrived Wednesday.

Flowers said his wife was a good-natured country girl who was liked by “everyone.” He said she had no enemies he knew of.

Rachelle Flowers had a 6-year-old son from a previous relationship. The boy frequently stayed at the house where his mother’s body was found.

“She was perfect,” Clinton Flowers said. “It feels about like you’d’s horrible.”

The theory of a home burglary gone horribly wrong isn’t implausible, at least one local law enforcement investigator said.

Dana Guthrie, an investigator with the McClain County Sheriff’s Office, told a television station that a deputy noticed the couple’s truck in front of the house, the door sitting open.

“We’ve had a number of burglaries in the area,” Guthrie said. “(The deputy) stopped basically to make a welfare check to make sure everything was OK.”

Clinton Flowers said Thursday he is not clear what or how many items were taken from the house.

An investigator with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation met with Flowers on Thursday afternoon at the house. has disabled the comments for this article.
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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