"Long and Difficult" Investigation Ahead


9-27-05 - The entire community of Ada is still trying to make sense of a murder-suicide over the weekend. Ada officials say 16-year-old Caitlin Wooten was taken from the Ada High School parking lot Friday afternoon by her mother's ex-boyfriend, 47-year-old Jerry Don Savage.

Both were found Saturday ten miles from town dead from gunshot wounds leaving authorities to try and understand what happened.

On Monday, the Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department filed an affidavit against 50-year-old Faye Sliger. Monday afternoon Sliger went before a judge only to have his initial hearing postponed until Friday in order to give the district attorney's office time to decide exactly what to charge him with.

Authorities say Savage used his truck to take Wooten, and the bodies were also found on Sliger's property. According to the affidavit filed Monday, he actually spoke to Savage by phone after hearing the Amber Alert on the news.

For now, authorities say Sliger is keeping quiet and the investigation will be long and difficult.

"We are still conducting interviews, and we are still following up on evidence we found at the scene so we have a long way to go," Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department Undersheriff Joe Glover said.

A few weeks before this incident, Savage was arrested for kidnapping Wooten's mother, Donna, whom city spokesman Mark Bratcher says once dated Savage. Court records show Wooten obtained a protective order against Savage on August 30th, but he was out of jail on bond when Caitlin disappeared.

The Sheriff's Department says they felt they had done everything possible to keep her and her family safe.

A candle light vigil for Caitlin was held Sunday night at Ada High School. Grief counselors and religious leaders were on hand for students on Monday.


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