Remains of Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin, who've been missing since Jan. 4, were thought to be found in a shallow grave
The bodies of a missing man and woman were found Tuesday after authorities spent several days searching a property in rural Oklahoma.
The remains are believed to be of Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin, who were last heard from on Jan. 4, according to the Temple Police Department.
Scott, 28, and Swearingin, 32, went missing nearly two weeks ago in Temple, Texas, while driving in a grey Hyundai Genesis, authorities said in a statement on social media. According to a comment from Swearingin’s mother on the department’s Facebook page, he suffered from a heart condition.
“The Scott and Swearingin families have been notified of this preliminary identification,” the police added in another statement. “In order to protect the integrity of this ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.”
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which assisted in the homicide investigation, will confirm the identity of the victims as well as their cause and manner of death following an autopsy.
Multiple outlets have reported that the bodies were found in a shallow grave at a home in Clearview, an hour south of Tulsa. According to local news outlet, News Now 25, authorities spent multiple days searching 100 square yards of the property, which no one is currently living in but also does not appear abandoned.
“We have two subjects, at this time, yes that we’ve recovered,” said Okfuskee County Undersheriff R.L. Wilbourn, according to Oklahoma’s News 4. “We had some information, and we started looking for a certain area. We were able to find it with help from other agencies.”
When contacted for comment, the Okfuskee County Sheriff directed PEOPLE to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which declined to comment.
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Last summer, Scott filed a protective order against her ex-boyfriend, Cedric Marks, who was arrested for burglary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Jan. 8, local news outlet KWTX reported.
“He told me he had killed someone in Oklahoma, but that he was able to cover it up and that he could do the same here in Texas,” Scott said in the filing, according to News Now 25.
KWTX also reported that Marks, 44, is a person of interest in the March 2009 disappearance his ex-girlfriend, April Pease, with whom he shares a child.
On Tuesday, police in Bloomington, Minnesota, where Pease was last seen, confirmed they were reopening her case, local Texas TV station, KCEN, reported.
Pease, who reportedly struggled with drug addiction, was afraid of Marks, according to court documents relating to the pair’s custody battle obtained by KCEN.
The outlet stated that the documents allege that Marks is in “complete denial that he has issues around domestic violence.” It added that Pease was granted temporary custody; however, after she went missing, Marks was awarded custody.
Marks has not officially been named as a suspect in the disappearance of Scott and Swearingin.
Before his burglary arrest, he told KCEN that he did not harm Scott.
“Not only do I have no history of violence towards women or children, I teach free women’s assault programs,” Marks said.
Authorities have requested anyone with information about Scott and Swearingin call (254) 298-5500.