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One ‘person of interest' cleared, another sought by Bethany police in death of 19-year-old woman

BY ROBERT MEDLEY, BRYAN DEAN and TIFFANY GIBSON Modified: October 19, 2011 at 10:16 pm •  Published: October 19, 2011

— One man was cleared Wednesday, and another is being sought in connection with the death of a woman whose dismembered body was found in a duffel bag, police said.

The victim had been beheaded, sources told The Oklahoman.

Her cause of death has not been determined.

Remains of Carina Saunders, 19, were found inside a duffel bag behind the Homeland at NW 23 and Rockwell on Oct. 13. She was last seen a few days earlier.

Wednesday morning, police announced they were looking for two men who were “persons of interest in the case.” One of the two, Kyle Tweed, 21, was cleared by police Wednesday afternoon. The other, Cody Perez, 21, was reported missing by his mother Oct. 10.

“Upon seeing coverage of the Bethany homicide investigation and hearing that he was a person of interest, Kyle Tweed arrived at the Bethany police headquarters this afternoon and was interviewed by investigators,” Bethany Police Chief Phil Cole said in a news release.

“Mr. Tweed was cooperative with our investigators and he is no longer considered a person of interest.”

“Cody Perez is still a person of interest in our investigation, and we still ask for public assistance in locating him.”

Perez was a culinary student and had worked at an Olive Garden restaurant in the Oklahoma City area. Tweed recently worked in the Del City area at a Taco Bueno and is a skateboard enthusiast.

Tweed's girlfriend talks

Tweed's girlfriend, Morgan Stevens, said Tweed called her Wednesday after he spoke with police and said he had “cleared his name.” Stevens graduated in the same class as Saunders at Mustang High School but said Tweed and Saunders had never met.

“There is no connection that I know of,” Stevens said. “He didn't even know Carina, and he knew nothing about her body being found until I said something about it Monday night. As far as I know, he had never heard her name before that.”

Stevens said she was shocked when she heard of Saunders' death.

“I can't believe someone would do that to Carina,” Stevens said. “It's hard to believe someone would want to hurt someone like her. She was really sweet. She was honest and very playful.”

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