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Posted on: February 7, 2017

Third Person Arrested in 2008 Homicide

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A Third person has been charged for his involvement in the 2008 death of Cory Jay Bodily.

On February 2, 2017, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested a third suspect, Thomas Ryan Wilmeth, 36, after he was charged with Homicide during the Commission of a Felony.  His bond has been set at $2,000,000.  Detectives interviewed Wilmeth who stated that while attempting to rob Cory Bodily, Bodily was killed.  Wilmeth is currently incarcerated in the Cleveland County Detention Center.  Two other people have been charged previously in May 2016 in the death of Bodily.  Bobby Lee Perkins, age 52, was charged with Homicide during the commission of a Felony and Libby Lavonne Cox, age 46, was charged with Accessory after the Fact to Murder.

Bodily, 31, was last seen alive July 29, 2008, as he picked up his paycheck from Taco Bell, 2125 W. Lindsey, in Norman. His family reported him missing to Norman police Sept. 20, 2008.

On Christmas Day 2008, a dog brought a skull to a home in the 8900 block of 171st Street near Noble. Two weeks later, investigators found skeletal remains covered by brush and leaves in a field near 171st Street and Cemetery Road.

The remains were positively identified as Bodily, and the death was ruled a homicide by means of blunt force trauma.  

Detectives pursued hundreds of investigative leads in the years that followed which culminated in the arrest of Perkins & Cox.  Detectives continued to gather information and further evidence that put them on the trail of Wilmeth.  

CCSO Detectives continue to pursue leads in this case and continue to encourage anyone who may have information in this case to come forward with information.

CCSO detectives continue to investigate this case and other arrests may follow.

Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Rhett Burnett, Undersheriff, CCSO Public Information Officer.

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