In 2011, 19-year-old Carina Saunders was brutally murdered. Her remains were found in a duffel bag behind a local grocery store.
Police now have information that a video of Saunders' murder may exist. Several “people [they've] questioned” have allegedly seen the tape of the murder, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
According to People magazine, police are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can get them a copy of the footage.... if it does indeed exist.
Special agent Steve Tanner said several people “have seen the video of when Carina was murdered.”
The tape would have obvious value to an investigation, and may help finally solve the five-year-old murder and get justice for Carina's family and friends.
Steve Tanner explained,
We are wanting to determine if somebody has a copy of it, and we want them to bring it to us so we can determine who was involved.
Police think the last time Carina was seen alive was on October 8, 2011. People reports,
She got inside a red, dual-cab pickup truck at the Newcastle Casino about 30 minutes from where her body was later found.
A man was seen exiting the vehicle in question. He allegedly had his arms covered in tattoos.
Carina was reported missing three days later by her mother, and was found dead two weeks after that.
The investigation has been mired by difficulty from the onset. Two suspects were charged with Carina's murder in 2012 before they had their charges dropped for unspecified reasons.
Carina's sister spoke to News9, and described how difficult the case has been for her and her family.
We don't get to end it. And until somebody comes forward and has the humanity and kindness and want to help our family and our sister receive justice, we'll never get that.
We can only hope that someone who has seen the tape helps the police acquire a copy, so this can finally be put to rest.