COLE — 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.”
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 expect...it’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.