OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KFOR)– Authorities have identified possible evidence found in connection to the Carina Saunders case during a dig last week at a home in the 500 block of N. Oakdale, near N.W. 10th and MacArthur Blvd.
On Oct. 13, 2011, officers were called to the Homeland store on N.W. 23rd St. after receiving numerous reports of a foul odor. Investigators found a black bag with a severed human head and other dismembered body parts inside belonging to 19-year-old Carina Brianne Saunders.
Investigators believe that Saunders may have been tortured and killed at an abandoned house in Oklahoma City before her body was dumped in Bethany.
According to KFOR, a witness told investigators she "witnessed [Luis] Ruiz physically beat Carina Saunders and then tie her up. That he drug her to an upstairs room and tied her to a small table… that he then cut off her left foot and then tried to cut off her right foot when the saw broke."
Luis Ruiz and Jimmy Massey were both officially charged with first-degree murder in July 2012. They remained in police custody for eight months before the charges were dropped. No other arrests have been made in the case.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation began digging in the home's yard after receiving a tip about the Saunders case. They have confirmed that they discovered a knife, a shirt, sandals and a jacket during their search.
Those items will be tested to determine if there is any connection to the unsolved murder case.