The McClain County Sheriff's Department is assisting the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) as they investigate the suspicious death of a newly-married wife and mother of one.
Deputies on routine patrol near the intersection of 290th Street and May Avenue, about three miles south of Newcastle city limits, came across an unattended brown pickup with doors open near a home Wednesday afternoon on April 9, McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett said.
Inside the pickup, deputies found the truck in disarray, along with a purse and cell phone. While investigating the truck, deputies smelled an odor of propane coming from the nearby house, Hewett said.
The deputy on scene called for backup, and once another deputy arrived they entered the home, Hewett said. Inside, they found the body of Rachelle Lyn Flowers, 24, who lived at the home with her husband of one and a half months, Clinton, and her six-year old son.
Evidence found on scene led deputies to label the death suspicious, and OSBI was called to help with the investigation as a possible non-accidental homicide. OSBI investigators left the property at about 3 a.m. Thursday, relatives said.
Flowers' husband and relatives declined to be interviewed, requesting privacy for the family to mourn.
An autopsy is pending with the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner, and no official cause of death has been determined.
The death is believed to have occurred between 10 a.m. and noon April 9. Anyone with knowledge or details are urged to call the McClain County Sheriff's Office at (405) 527-2141.