Sand Springs Police say body of former minister found in Shell Creek Lake

Friday, November 12th 2004, 5:22 am
By: News On 6

Sand Springs Police say with the assistance of Oklahoma Highway Patrol divers, they have found the body of a man missing for more than a week. They believe Robert Bettis may have jumped into Shell Creek Lake last week.

His wife's body was found decapitated in their home. Police had asked for Oklahoma Highway Patrol divers to help in the search for 70-year-old Robert Bettis. Those divers found Bettis' body Friday morning.

Last week, Sand Springs Police teamed up with surrounding search teams to drag the lake for the body. Five boats were on the lake at a time, searching for clues. The Tulsa County Sheriff's helicopter even joined in the search, but couldn't locate Mr. Bettis.

Police say the medical examiner is now conducting an autopsy of the body to confirm the cause of death. Assistant Police Chief Mike Carter says it did not appear that foul play was involved, but all possibilities will be examined.

Police don't know why Sylvia Bettis was killed. A knife allegedly used in the murder and other personal items have been sent to crime labs in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Sand Springs Police say anyone with infomation about this case should call 245-8777 or contact them by going to