A teen sleepover turned tragic this week when seven people were found dead at the home of a convicted rapist in Oklahoma.
Jesse McFadden, 39, was scheduled to appear in court the same day the bodies were found on his rural property.
It is believed that he is among the dead.
Also killed were two teenagers who were reported missing and endangered Monday morning after they failed to return home after being in their company.
The identities of the other four victims have not yet been publicly confirmed, but relatives named McFadden’s wife, Holly Guess, and their teenage children, Rylee Elizabeth Allen, Michael James Mayo and Tiffany Dore Guess.
So who is the man at the center of this horrible tragedy?
Who is Jesse McFadden?
Jesse McFadden is a convicted rapist who was due to appear in court on new charges the day the bodies were found.
McFadden was convicted in 2003 of first-degree rape and served nearly 16 years before being released in 2020, according to Oklahoma prison records.
On Monday, he was due to appear in court for the start of his jury trial on charges of soliciting sexual conduct with a minor and possession of child pornography.
The charges were filed in 2017 while he was still in prison for his rape conviction.
While behind bars, he allegedly exchanges nude photos and videos with an underage girl who is behind bars.
When he failed to appear in court on Monday morning, the police began searching for him.
An Amber Alert was issued Monday morning to find two missing teens, Ivy Webster, 14, and Brittany Brewer, 15, after they failed to return home from a sleepover at McFadden’s home. .
Ivy’s mother told KJRH that the two girls had gone to the McFadden home to spend the night with her teenage daughter over the weekend and had planned to go swimming at a ranch in McAlester.
They never showed up at the ranch and did not return home by 5 p.m. Sunday as expected, the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office said.
The two teens were last seen around 1:30 a.m. Monday riding with McFadden in a white Chevrolet pickup truck.
Ivy’s mother said that the tracking of her daughter’s cell phone had been disabled and that it was rare for her daughter not to respond to messages or calls.
After the Amber Alert was issued, authorities went to McFadden’s property outside of Henryetta.
Investigators discovered the bodies of seven people there “not at the residence, but only on the property,” Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokesman Gerald Davidson said.
While the bodies have yet to be officially identified, Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice said they were believed to include McFadden and the two missing girls, Ivy and Brittany.
“We think we have found the people,” he said.
“We are no longer looking. We think we found everything we were looking for this morning. Our hearts go out to families and friends, schoolmates and everyone in between.”
The endangered missing person notice was canceled Monday afternoon by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Brittany’s father, Nathan Brewer, confirmed that his daughter was among the victims.
Seven bodies found in search for two missing Oklahoma teens, police say
At a vigil held Monday night, she said her daughter dreams of being a teacher or a veterinarian.
“It’s just a parent’s worst nightmare, and I’m living it,” he said. “I’m just lost.”
While the other four victims have yet to be officially identified, a relative named them Tuesday.
Janette Mayo, 59, told the Associated Press that the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office notified her of the death of her daughter, Holly Guess, 35, and her grandchildren, Rylee Elizabeth Allen, 17, Michael James May, 15, and Tiffany Dore Guess. 13
In a Facebook post, Ms Mayo said her daughter was married to McFadden. Authorities have not confirmed the cause of death for the seven victims, but Mayo said they were shot at various locations on McFadden’s property.
“My daughter loved her children and yes, she married the man who killed them, but her charm fooled her,” Mayo wrote. “He hurt me like the other families, but he took my world from me. My grandchildren and my daughter. I have a hole in my heart…”
Ms. Mayo described Ivy as a “sweet kid” and said she didn’t get the chance to meet Brittany.
“I didn’t really know Brittany, but she must have been a sweet little girl for my Tiffany to take care of,” the grieving grandmother wrote. “My prayers are there for the other two families. I only ask that people also remember my family and that they also have names.
Judy White-Allen, the grandmother of victims Rylee and Michael, also confirmed their deaths to the independent on Tuesday.
“All I can tell you is that my children are suffering,” she said. “My son lost his daughter and his son. My other children lost his niece and nephew. My other grandchildren lost their cousins. Rylee and Michael have four other siblings that they will never meet.
“Holly was a great mother. She had a big heart.”
Questions without answer
Questions are being raised about McFadden’s ability to be around teenage victims due to his prior rape conviction and pending sex offender charges.
During the search for the missing girls, Ivy’s parents said they were unaware of McFadden’s criminal record.
Justin Webster told a local outlet that they were “shocked” to find out about his past.
“He shouldn’t have come out and it’s our justice system that needs to be tougher,” he said.
Meanwhile, Brittany’s father, told KOTV that the girls had been to the man’s house many times before without incident.