MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 9, 2013

Investigators treat death as homicide

Cause of McIntosh County woman’s death uncertain

By D.E. Smoot
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Law enforcers chased leads Friday with hopes of finding answers to questions surrounding the death of a woman found Thursday in her McIntosh County home.

McIntosh County Sheriff Kevin Ledbetter identified the woman as Jennifer Kitchens, 36. The woman was found by a relative shortly after 1 p.m. inside her home, about two miles east of U.S. 69 on Texanna Road.

Gary Perkinson, an assistant special agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said state medical examiners have yet to determine a cause of death. Investigators, however, are treating the case as a homicide.

“We don’t know how she died, but we know there were some injuries that lead investigators to believe foul play was involved,” Perkinson said. “Our agents are working with police over there, going through the evidence found at the scene and looking for any other potential witnesses who may be out there.”

The discovery of the woman’s body was reported to the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office at 1:13 p.m. Thursday. Ledbetter said Thursday night investigators followed a lead to a secondary site during their search for evidence. Details regarding the location of that site were unavailable.

It was unknown Friday when Kitchens was last seen alive or where that would have been.

Reach D.E. Smoot at (918) 684-2901 or dsmoot@muskogeephoenix.com.