SAYRE, OK (KSWO) - An investigation is underway after a man was found dead in his burning home in the town of Sayre, in far western Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says while battling the flames, firefighters were told by the victim's wife that the body of her husband, Jerry Essary, was still in the burning building. She told police a former lover came into their house, killed her husband and tied her up, holding her hostage for several hours before setting the house on fire.
The suspect was found unconscious in a pickup truck about 100 yards from the house with guns and a knife. Notes and writings found by police indicate that the killing was premeditated. The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment, but no arrest has been made at this time.