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Altus Murder Suspect Leads Police to Body

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ALTUS Okla_ Authorities have caught a huge break in the 12-year-old cold murder investigation out of Altus. The accused killer, Garland Allen, has led authorities to the body of his ex-wife. 

Allen was arrested in Texas two days ago. Wednesday when authorities brought him to Oklahoma, he took them to Kiowa County, where he said he buried Tracy Allen after beating her to death back in 2001. Allen made his initial appearance in front of a judge at the Jackson County jail Thursday morning and was denied bond. He's charged with second-degree murder.

The remains of Tracy Allen were not recovered because the winter storm was coming in. Jackson County District Attorney John Wampler said the process will resume as soon as weather permits. Several law enforcement agencies, along with the state medical examiner and an archaeological team from the University of Oklahoma will assist in recovering her remains.

Wampler was reluctant to reveal too many details of the investigation, but he said witness testimonies were the biggest part of their break.

"We had an in-person interview with a wittiness we had never been able to witness in person before," Wampler said. "Some of the information given was inconsistent with prior statements that had been given."

Wampler said all of those things made them confident they could build a circumstantial case for murder, but now that he's confessed and led them to the body, it won't be circumstantial anymore. Wampler also said the team from the show "Cold Justice" helped them re-examine some of the old evidence. Unfortunately though, the trailer where they suspect Garland Allen rolled her up in carpet before burying her is no longer there.

"There was no crime scene to go back and re-work," Wampler said. "We had to try and pull blood samples or anything like that which could be tested. We did not have that to work with this time. We had to rely upon the initial investigation that was done by the Altus Police Department."

Wampler said the investigation will continue and focus on the possibility that others may have helped Allen and covered it up for all these years. Allen is set to make his next appearance in court on Jan. 13.

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