Two bodies found in Oklahoma are believed to be the remains of a missing couple that disappeared on Jan. 4, police said.
Relatives of Jenna Scott, 28, and Michael Swearingin, 32, have been frantic since they haven't been able to reach the Texas friends by phone. Cars belonging to them were found in Austin, but investigators had not been able to determine why the vehicles were left there.
Autopsies will be conducted by Oklahoma's state medical examiner, and formal identifications will be released when those are completed, police in Temple, Texas, said in a statement Tuesday.
Temple officers had been working with Oklahoma authorities after receiving a tip, according to the department's statement. That tip led investigators to a rural Oklahoma home, where the bodies were found in a shallow grave.
Scott has a daughter who turned 10 during her disappearance and family members said Scott would never have missed the girl's birthday.
Scott had unsuccessfully sought a restraining order last year against an ex-boyfriend she claimed was violent, but a judge denied it in September, CBS Austin reported. After that, he was charged with breaking into her home, police said.
Cedric Marks was arrested last week in Michigan on the outstanding burglary warrant and is awaiting extradition to Temple, police said. He has not been named as person of interest in the disappearance of Scott and Swearingin. Maxwell's wife, Ginell McDonough, was arrested Wednesday and charged with harboring a fugitive, according to the Muskegon County Sheriff's Office. She is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Police in Minnesota said Tuesday they were re-examining a missing person case involving April Pease, who had a child with Marks and disappeared in 2009. Marks was questioned at the time, but provided an alibi to investigators, police said.