Buried Episode 11: Misdirection
In July 2017, KETR approached the Hunt Co. Sheriff's Office to discuss Carey Mae Parker's disappearance. It didn't go well.
Howard Parker told his family that he filed a missing person report about his daughter with a local constable named Cullen Smith.
KETR requested copies of any files about Carey Parker held by the constable's office. The office returned information related to traffic violations in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Meanwhile, former deputy constable Jim Davenport claimed to have seen files about Carey Parker held by Smith. He also said Smith was working on the case before he died in 2008.
"When he passed, it was very inconvenient because something was going to come to a head about that time," Davenport said.
Jeff Haines, the detective in charge of investigating Carey Parker's disappearance since 2013, learned KETR had obtained information in his own case file.
Hunt Co. Sheriff Randy Meeks instructed Haines to find out how.
- Hunt Co. Constable's Office response to Carey Parker records request
- State Attorney General decision on Cody Songer interview file request
- Hunt Co. Sheriff's Office request for decision on request for interview file
- State Attorney General decision on request for missing person report
- Dept. of Public Safety request for decision on missing person report