The New York Times reported that the seven bodies have not been identified and that the authorities have not officially announced whether the missing girls, aged 14 and 16, are among them.
US media reported that the authorities in the state of Oklahoma (south-central) said that the police found seven bodies on Monday during their search for two missing minor girls who were last seen with a convicted sex offender.
The New York Times reported that the seven bodies have not been identified and the authorities have not officially announced whether they are among the missing girls, aged 14 and 16.
However, the newspaper quoted Okmulge County Sheriff Eddie Rice as confirming that the search for the two missing girls had been suspended after the bodies were found in the town of Henrietta, south of Tulsa.
“We believe we found everything we were looking for this morning,” Rice said, noting that authorities have opened a murder investigation.
For its part, the local newspaper “The Tulsa World” quoted Rice as confirming that the authorities believe that two of the seven bodies belong to the two missing girls.
The newspaper confirmed that the seven bodies were found inside a property where Jesse L. McFadden, 39, who has previously been convicted of sexual assault.
On Monday, the authorities published a statement saying that the two girls were last seen at 1:22 am (06:22 GMT) in Henrietta, accompanied by McFadden in a white Chevrolet Avalanche.
According to the New York Times, McFadden was supposed to appear Monday in a Muskogee County court to face charges that include “child pornography and attempted solicitation of sexual conduct or communication with a minor using technology.”
However, the accused did not appear in court on Monday morning, and an arrest warrant was issued against him.