Gas station clerk suspected of killing Velma teen

By: Sara Humphrey Email
By: Sara Humphrey Email

VELMA, OK - The man accused of murdering a 16-year-old Velma girl has been booked into the Stephens County jail.

21-year-old Miles Bench was arrested near Weatherford Wednesday night after investigators used a GPS system to track Braylee Henry's stolen vehicle and found Bench behind the wheel.

The whole community in Velma is devastated over the death Henry, she was a sophomore at Velma High School.

Around 2 a.m. Thursday a police tracking dog found her body in a field just a few miles east of Velma.

Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said Henry went missing Wednesday evening after she went inside the Tee Pee Totem gas station in Velma.

Authorities were called to the store after someone entered the gas station and noticed blood on the floor and no clerk on duty.

Deputies said they were able to track down Henry's four door Chevrolet car though its GPS system.

Authorities said Bench was found driving Henry's vehicle in Custer
County.

He is now in custody on suspicion of murder.

Friends said Henry was very active at her school and in the community.

Her principal said counselors are available at the school to help students cope with the loss.

Residents in Velma said they have never heard of the suspect, Miles Bench.

Velma High School Principal Mike Thompson said he was in the same store earlier Wednesday but did not see a male clerk.

Right now, Bench is not charged with a crime.

Mckinney said he is working with the district attorney to determine what charges will be filed.


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