Family speaks out in Baird murder investigation

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

HEALDTON, Okla. -- Two months after the death of a carter county woman her family speaks out for the first time. Several questions surrounding the death of Brandi Baird have left her family and investigators still searching for answers.

Who killed their daughter? And why? Those are just two of the questions Brandi Baird's family wants answered after she was found murdered in December. On Monday, they spoke out about her death.

Brandi Baird’s father, Stanley McGuffin and the rest of Baird’s family could barely hold back tears as they spoke about her murder.

"They need to step it up they need to get with the program to do whatever they can to get this resolved,” Brandi’s stepmother Loretta McGuffin says.

“They need to help us find the answers to these questions…” McGuffin said as he fought back tears.

Tuesday will be exactly two months since Baird’s body was discovered behind an oil lease in Healdton. Pictures decorate Baird's grave, showing Brandi's outgoing, caring personality. It’s a painful daily reminder of their loss, and a reminder that her killer is still out there.

"Healdton is a small town. Somebody has to know something if they'll just come forward and help us,” Stanley said.

Mildred Walker, Baird’s grandmother said, “And for some reason they dumped her body. That was uncalled for.”

Several weeks later, Carter County investigators say only two arrests have been made. One of the two men arrested, Roy Gene Bassett, admitted to authorities that he dumped Baird's body, but authorities are saying he isn't the killer and are still looking for the person responsible and for the motive behind a senseless crime.

"We don’t want to see anyone be punished for the crime if they didn’t do it, but we want to see who ever did it we want justice. We appreciate everything that they have done but there can be more," Loretta said.

Investigators are still waiting for autopsy and toxicology reports. They say they hope that will provide some clues as to how Baird died, and most importantly some closure for her family.


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  • by withheld Location: marietta on Feb 13, 2008 at 01:31 PM
    my brother was killed and we were told it was suicide. they never investigated anything for us. we were told it was a cut and dry case. good luck on getting anyone to do anything for you in a small town.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2008 at 08:49 AM
    Anonymous, David Seals has been in Kuwait for several months, even before this crime was committed.
  • by briget Location: gainesville,tx 76240 on Feb 12, 2008 at 02:24 PM
    brandi was my cousin i'm very angry that she was killed i would like to know if roy addmitted that he dumped the body why cant they find out who did it because if he dumped the body he knows who did it he needs to be punished heavy theirs something missing its called hes not snitching on the person he needs to be made to confess who did it. ihope this haunts him for the rest of his life its not fair to brandi and its not fair for our family that has to suffer for someone who must have no remorse for a innocent person getting or being killed for no reason. how would he like it if it was his mom or dad or any family member for that matter. justice better be done.
  • by ?? Location: marietta on Feb 12, 2008 at 02:06 PM
    A We all know that it takes a little bit of time to do an autopsy but this is a homicide case and it never takes this long I know because im a officer and i have seen it done in 2 weeks. osbi needs to handle this they are trained for this stuff not carter county. and next time you might want to check spell grammar a.
  • by a on Feb 12, 2008 at 12:53 PM
    It can take anywhere from six weeks to 90 dyas for an autopsy report to come back. It goes up to the state who only has one lab. It's not just people who have been suspected of being murdered that gets autopsies, it's people who die at a young age too, people who seem healthy and die, etc. Plus it's people from all over the state to be autopsied in one place. they are backlogged. The funeral homes don't do autopsies.
  • by Bub Location: Sherman on Feb 12, 2008 at 10:00 AM
    If you lie with dogs you get fleas... Too bad they can't torture the guy who dumped the body. He knows what happened.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2008 at 09:56 AM
    keystone cop this is crazy it doesnt take this long for an autopsy to come back there is something else going on and carter county is keeping it hush. osbi needs to step up and do there job carter county is not trained for this. if i was the family i would be hounding them everyday
  • by Keystone Cop Location: Healdton on Feb 12, 2008 at 09:47 AM
    Healdton law enforcement couldn't find a blind person in a maze, much less a real murderer. Who is helping with the investigation? The Carter County Sherriff's Department? Boy I feel alot better now since they are involved, they have watched reruns of CSI for the last 7 months to be ready for this. If you are going to have closure you have got to get the FBI involved in this deal. Why does it take over 2 months for an autopsy to be done? Maybe the Healdton Keystone Cops will surprise me, but I doubt it.
  • by herre Location: gone on Feb 12, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    this is horrible I would tell the guy that dumped the body to give a name or charge him with the murder do something for christ sakes for this family
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2008 at 08:28 AM
    2 months and no autopsy report yet? whats wrong with these police investigators!!!
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