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Bodies found in Oklahoma believed to be missing Texans

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The bodies of Michael Swearingin and Jenna Scott were discovered in a shallow grave near Okemah, Okla. (KFOR) The bodies of Michael Swearingin and Jenna Scott were discovered in a shallow grave near Okemah, Okla. (KFOR)
Cedric Marks, an ex-boyfriend of Jenna Scott, was arrested in Michigan last week. (KFOR) Cedric Marks, an ex-boyfriend of Jenna Scott, was arrested in Michigan last week. (KFOR)

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) -- Police in Texas say the bodies of a woman and man found in shallow graves in rural Oklahoma are those of two missing central Texas residents.

The Temple Police Department says in a statement that a preliminary investigation indicates the bodies are those of 28-year-old Jenna Scott and 32-year-old Michael Swearingin. Police say their families have been notified.

The bodies were recovered Tuesday from clandestine graves in Okfuskee County, about 75 miles (121 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City.

Officials say the two friends were reported missing Jan. 4 and that on Jan. 9 they obtained new information about the friends' disappearance.

An ex-boyfriend of Scott's, 44-year-old Cedric Marks, was arrested in Grand Rapids, Michigan last week on a felony burglary warrant out of Bell County, Texas. Marks, who has not been named a suspect or person of interest in the disappearance of Scott or Swearingin, is accused of breaking into Scott's Temple home last August. Marks is awaiting extradition to Texas on that charge.

Police in Minnesota confirmed Tuesday that Marks, according to KCEN-TV, was a possible person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of his 30-year-old ex-girlfriend April Pease, but was never named a suspect. Pease was last seen in Bloomington, Minnesota and hasn't been heard from since.

Authorities say the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Oklahoma will make positive identification after autopsies.

KFOR contributed to this report.

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