WEATHERFORD — After a yearlong police investigation, roadside billboards and a family's public pleas for help, investigators Tuesday found human remains that are likely those of the missing girl and arrested a man on a murder accusation.
The Oklahoma attorney general's office said the remains found in a remote area near Weatherford are believed to be those of JaRay Wilson, 16, who was last seen Oct. 15, 2012.
A source told The Oklahoman she was shot in the head before her body was discarded and that her death is possibly drug-related.
Information from the multicounty grand jury unit led to the grisly discovery.
Authorities arrested Tucker Ryan McGee, 19, of Weatherford, on a murder complaint.
Mark Woodward, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, said McGee was questioned and placed in the Custer County jail.
Woodward said more arrests are possible. The state medical examiner's office will try to make a positive identification and determine a cause of death.
Woodward said that Tuesday morning agents went to an area about “60 or 70 yards off a county road” near Weatherford.
“One of our agents was just walking around the area when he saw a skull on the ground,” Woodward said. “At that point, they just backed up and called OSBI (the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation).”
Tucker pleaded guilty to drug charges in Custer County in March, drawing unsupervised probation. He does not have prior arrests for violent crimes, records show.
“It is the second cold case homicide that the multicounty grand jury unit has helped resolve within the past year to help bring closure to victims' families,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.
The grand jury unit also helped resolve the death of 26-year-old Heath Reams, of Yale.