Sand Springs Police await autopsy report on minister

Tuesday, November 23rd 2004, 2:41 pm
By: News On 6

SAND SRPINGS, Okla. (AP) -- It may be weeks before results of an autopsy on a former minister whose wife was found decapitated in their home are released.

Sand Springs Assistant Police Chief Mike Carter says he expects the cause of Robert Bettis' death to be drowning.

But Carter says he doubts anyone will ever know why Bettis allegedly killed his wife on November Fourth and committed suicide.

Bettis' body was found November 12th, eight days after authorities discovered his abandoned vehicle near the Shell Creek Lake dam and Sylvia Bettis beheaded in the couple's mobile home.

Police believe the 70-year-old Bettis jumped into the lake after killing his wife.