Bodies of missing Central Texas man, woman found in Oklahoma

A vehicle belonging to Jenna Scott, 28, and Michael Swearingin, 32, was found in Austin but no one has heard from the pair in days. Their friends and family worry they may be in danger. (Photos courtesy: Texas Department of Public safety)

Oklahoma law enforcement agencies have discovered the bodies of a man and a woman in clandestine graves in rural Okfuskee County as part of their search for two missing Central Texas residents.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation said Tuesday that police in Temple had asked for their assistance in the disappearance of 28-year-old Jenna Scott and 32-year-old Michael Swearingin.

Officials in Temple say the two friends were reported missing Jan. 4, and that new information about their disappearance was obtained on Jan. 9. The OSBI says it was asked to assist in the case on Friday.

Authorities say the bodies of the man and woman were found in the graves but that their identities will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

However Temple Police have said they believe the bodies are those of Scott and Swearingin.

“The preliminary investigation leads detectives to believe that the bodies recovered are that of Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin,” Temple police said in a late afternoon press update.

“The Scott and Swearingin families have been notified of this preliminary identification.”

Police in Minnesota confirmed to KWTX on Tuesday they’ve reopened a 2009 investigation of woman linked to the ex-boyfriend of Scott.

Cedric Marks, 44, was arrested on Jan 8th in Kent County, Michigan on a Temple burglary warrant. He was named in a protective order sought by Scott that was issued in September 2018.

Temple PD said Marks was Scott’s ex-boyfriend but they have not identified Marks as a suspect or person of interest in their investigation of the disappearance of Scott and Swearingin.

Bloomington, Minnesota Police say he will be looked at in connection with a March 2009 disappearance of another former girlfriend, April Pease.

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