HENRYETTA, Okla. — The mother of the convicted sex offender who was to appear in a new child sex abuse trial the same day he was found dead with six other people during a search for two missing teenagers on a rural property said her “heart is breaking” for all the families involved.
The sprawling wooded property east of Henryetta where the bodies were discovered Monday is associated with Jesse McFadden, 39, a registered sex offender who was being sought by Oklahoma authorities in connection with the disappearance of the two teenage girls. The advisory was canceled Monday afternoon when investigators discovered the bodies.
“I’ve not had any time to think about my son or anything like that,” his mother, Ladonna McFadden, said Tuesday in a brief interview by telephone. “I can’t imagine what they went through.”
“I don’t understand it,” she added through tears. “I never, ever, ever would have expected anything like this.”
What led to the deaths remains unclear, and officials have released few details. Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice declined to tell reporters at the scene how many of the victims were juveniles, how they died or how long they had been at the property.
He has said the state medical examiner would have to confirm their identities.
The mystery swirling around the scene sent shock waves through Henryetta, a community of 6,000, and threw scrutiny on McFadden, for whom a bench warrant was issued Monday in nearby Muskogee County when he failed to appear in court on child pornography charges.