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June 7, 2012

Body of Velma teen found, suspect in custody

VELMA — Just before 2 a.m. today, Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney confirmed the murder of a 16-year-old Velma girl, Braylee Rae Henry.

A suspect is in custody in Custer County and authorities have notified the family, he said.

“This all originated at the Teepee Totem Convenience Store there in Velma,” McKinney said. “Her body was found in a pasture east of Velma.”

McKinney said K9 Deputy Banjo found Henry.  

“We have an individual in custody. He stole her car, it had OnStar on it and we were able to ping it, up near Weatherford in Custer County,” McKinney said.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol was notified and they stopped the individual in Henry’s car, McKinney said.

Braylee’s body was found before her car was located, he said.

Braylee is the daughter of J.B. and Renee Henson, and Billy Henry. In March, during her sophomore year, she was a contestant in the 50th Miss Velma-Alma Pageant.

From the time she was 5-years-old, she had participated in 4-H and was a member of the Stephen’s County 4-H Club. She was active as a teen leader and camp counselor. She was also a member of Student Council, the academic team, National Honor Society.

She was also a successful athlete and was on the basketball, track and cross country teams.

Velma Assembly of God Church opened its doors to allow Henry’s friends and others to come and gather throughout the night.

McKinney has also been in communication with Stephens County District Attorney Jason Hicks. McKinney said he would provide more details today.

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