Detectives Make First Arrests In Murder Case From Eight Years Ago

| by Jonathan Wolfe

After eight years of searching, Oklahoma police are finally making arrests in the murder case of Jarret Austin Clark.

Clark was killed in 2006 just days after graduating from high school. Authorities found his body in Fort Gibson Lake, and discovered he’d been dealt multiple blows to the head prior to his death. Until now, police were struggling to figure out who was responsible for the crime. The investigation has finally picked up steam over the last several months, and two of Clark’s former classmates have been charged with murder.

The charged suspects are Dayna Marie Hargrove Miller and Courtney Manzer. Manzer was arrested earlier this year, and Miller was just arrested last week.

"I can't thank [the police] enough. They are the reason we are here where we are today with this," said Clark’s mother, Tammy Slater.

Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert says his department still has more suspects to arrest in the case.

"The ones that haven't been arrested yet will have to look over their shoulders for the rest of their life until we do arrest them," he said.

As of right now, authorities believe Miller sat in her car in a “lookout position” while others dragged Clark’s body into Fort Gibson lake. Investigators think Manzer was one of the last people to see Clark alive.

Clark’s father, Eric Slater, hopes to see a trial begin soon for Miller and Manzer.

"I think the sheriff is getting to the bottom of it,” he said. “I think the district attorney has gone a great job putting a case together, so hopefully the next thing is a trial.”

Sources: News on 6, Mail Online