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Brother, Sister Arrested in Murder/Kidnapping Near Prague

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Suspect Glendon Gouker Suspect Glendon Gouker
Suspect Michele Gouker Suspect Michele Gouker
Ethan James Walton was found dead handcuffed and bound in a gallon drum. Ethan James Walton was found dead handcuffed and bound in a gallon drum.

PRAGUE, Oklahoma -- Pottawatomie County Sheriff's deputies arrested a brother and sister accused of murdering a man and kidnapping a woman near Prague Wednesday night.

Deputies said the victims had gone to look at property for sale when they encountered 39-year-old Glendon Gouker and his 29-year-old sister, Michele Gouker.

Investigators aren't revealing too many details but said they believe the man was murdered and his 20-year-old companion abducted. The woman told investigators she managed to escape after being sexually assaulted for hours and called authorities for help.

"Between 7:30 and 8:00 last night, 911 center received a call from a resident that they had had a young woman run up to their house nude screaming that she had been kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and thought her boyfriend was dead," said J.T.Palmer, Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office.

Based on what the woman told them, investigators got a search warrant to search the Gauker's firewood business about a mile away. They made a grisly find.

"We found a 19-year-old male in a sealed 55 gallon drum with his feet taped and handcuffs on. Preliminary reports is he died of blunt trauma to the head," Palmer said.

The man was identified as Ethan James Walton. Authorities said Walton was trying to sell a piece of property to Glendon Gouker and the two had been haggling over the price.

Deputies took Glendon and Michele Gouker into custody and are still questioning the suspects. They have not been charged yet. The Pottawatomie County District attorney said the two will likely be charged sometime next week.

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