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June 13, 2014

Angel stolen from Wiles' grave site

DUNCAN — The one-year anniversary of Alyssa Wiles’ death took place Tuesday, along with the theft of an angel that stood at her grave site.

Wiles was buried in Duncan Cemetery.

Angela Wiles, Alyssa’s mother, said the family had been out to the grave site several times that day and was surprised to find the angel missing.

“We went to get a bite to eat and came back out and it was gone,” Wiles said. “We’ve had other things missing from there before, and we’ve always filed police reports. It was just hard to deal with on this day in particular.”

Wiles urges the thief to bring back the statue.

“I wish they would just bring it back,” Wiles said. “It meant a lot to us.”

Police are now looking for any leads in the case.

Duncan Police Chief Daniel Ford said there are no leads in the case as of yet, but Sgt. Donny Foraker is looking into the case.

Ford said the crime was especially heinous given the situation.

“Obviously, no matter what, whenever you steal off a grave it’s not something anybody wants to happen,” Ford said, “especially in a case like this when the young girl died in such a way.”

Angela Wiles said she is thankful for the people in Duncan who have been there to help since her daughter’s death.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support over the past year,” Wiles said.

Alyssa Wiles was murdered by Michael Anthony Ray on June 10, 2013 at her home in Duncan.

Ray was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in March after pleading guilty in December.


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