UPDATE — Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy updated the story of a man found dead in Tillman County Aug. 22. Murphy said a vehicle belonging to the victim, 32-year-old Jared Allen Holmes was located in Lawton Aug. 28.
Altus police were notified by the Lawton police department that the vehicle belonging to Holmes had been recovered from a residence in Lawton, Murphy said. Police believe the suspect , 24-year-old Marielle Trey Smith and an accomplice took the vehicle, 2002 Black Chev Tahoe, to a residence in West Lawton and parked in the garage.
The homeowner became suspicious and realized police had been searching for the Tahoe. She then contacted Lawton police. Police will continue to investigate what knowledge, if any, the homeowner has about the homicide or stolen vehicle.
On Aug. 29 the vehicle was transported back to Altus to be processed by investigators. An arrest warrant has also been issued through the Jackson County District Court on the suspect’s accomplice, 22-year-old Ryan McKenzie Fields. She is described as a white female approx. 5 ft. 4 in. tall, brown eyes, brown hair and weighing about 110 pounds.
Investigators believe Fields assisted in the murder of Jared Allen Holmes and helped Marielle Trey Smith clean the crime scene and dispose of the victim’s body. Investigators believe Fields and Smith took the victim’s vehicle to Lawton shortly before the crime was reported to Altus police on the morning of Monday Aug. 21.
Fields is believed to be in the company of Smith and their whereabouts are unknown. On Aug. 29 an arrest warrant was issued for Fields through the Jackson County District Court on a Charge of Accessory After The Fact. Smith and Fields may be driving a 2005 white Pontiac four door Grand Prix with an Oklahoma used dealer paper tag UD-6050.
The body of a man was found in Tillman County, according to Tillman County Sheriff Bobby Whittington.
“The body was found on County Road 180, approximately a mile and a half west of Highway 183,” Whittington said. “We called for assistance from Altus PD in case it was connected to their homicide case.”
Whittington said the body was found by farm hands.
“A couple farm hands were moving equipment and just happened to see where it was at,” Whittington said.
A spokesperson for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said OSBI was on scene to assist with the crime scene but the investigation belongs to the Altus Police Department.
Police Chief Tim Murphy of the Altus Police Department said the victim has been identified as their shooting victim.
“He has been identified as our shooting victim here in Altus, the homicide investigation that we’re conducting, as Jared Holmes,” Murphy said.
According to a press release sent out from the Altus Police Department, the victim’s body was transported to the office of the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner in Oklahoma City where he was positively identified as 32-year-old Jared Allen Holmes.
Investigators believe 24-year-old Marielle Trey Smith is responsible for the shooting death. Investigators searched a home in the 400 block of North Julian on Aug. 21 and discovered evidence that a shooting took place at this location.
Police believe the shooting took place sometime Sunday night after area residents heard what sounded like gunfire coming from the home at around 9 p.m. The motive behind the shooting is unclear at this point but investigators believe the suspect shot and killed the victim. Investigators and family members of the victim have not had contact with the victim since the evening of Aug. 20.
Smith is described as a black male, 5 ft. 6 in. tall, weighing approx. 200 lbs. Smith has numerous tattoo’s on both arms, chest and back along with a tattoo the left side of his neck.
Altus police were notified Tuesday afternoon that a car belonging to Smith was located in Lawton. That vehicle, a 2007 White Dodge Charger, was transported back to Altus to be processed by investigators.
Police are still looking for a 2002 Black Chevy Tahoe, which belongs to the victim. Police are still searching for the murder suspect. Smith is wanted on a Jackson County arrest warrant for second Degree Murder.
Murphy said Smith should be considered armed and dangerous.
If anyone has any information call the Altus Police Department at 580-481-2296, the Tillman County Sheriff’s Department at 580-335-3013 or the Frederick Police Department at 580-335-7503.
This story will be updated as more details are released during the investigation.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.