Reverend Carol Faye Dunlap Daniels arrived to work at 10:00 a.m. to Anadarko, Oklahoma’s Worthy Temple Christ Holy Sanctified Church. It was Sunday, August 23, 2009. What investigators discovered hours later would reveal a strange ending for a woman whose focus was on family, education, and her congregation. Her brutal murder has yet to be solved.
The Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Anadarko is not a church of grandeur. It is a rectangular white building needing a fresh coat of paint, a single doorway out front under a simple wooden cross. Weeds creep through the cracks at the entryway. One of the windows is boarded over. A battered bulletin board is posted near the entrance. Still, Reverend Daniels drove at least 50 miles from Oklahoma City to Anadarko where she had volunteered to minister and increase the congregation in a town of less than 7,000. People trickled in, but she never failed to be there; she would teach Sunday school and preach a sermon.
Only a few hours after Reverend Carol Daniels arrived on August 23, an officer received a welfare check request at the church. The nude body of Reverend Daniels was discovered. The murder had been horrific. Reverend Daniels had been stabbed numerous times, with multiple wounds to the chest and stomach to include cuts to the face; a slashed throat nearly decapitated the woman. Reverend Daniels had fought hard – there were multiple defense wounds on her hands resulting in over 40 stab wounds. Her body was possibly “staged” in “crucifix” style near the alter, arms outstretched. Her hair was “mostly singed” according to the autopsy report. Pathology tests revealed no alcohol or drugs in her system. The killer(s) had spread a dissolving agent around the body. Reverend Daniels’ clothing was never located. Law enforcement searched the area thoroughly, and videotape taken from a business near the church was confiscated. Still, the horrific slaying of Reverend Carol Faye Dunlap Daniels remains unsolved at this date.
Born October 26, 1947, Carol Dunlap married in 1971. She and her husband, Alvin, moved to Washington; they returned to Oklahoma, her home state. They raised their family together.
Reverend Daniels believed in education and ensured her five children understood the importance of college. A 1965 graduate from Douglass High School, Reverend Daniels held an Associates Degree in Health Technology, and had attended classes at OU Medical Science Center. She attended colleges in Texas and Oklahoma. She graduated in 1971 with a B.A. Degree in Chemistry and Biology. She had 50 hours towards a Masters Degree in Health Administration from OCCC, Oklahoma City when she was murdered. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Theology was her passion. Reverend Daniels was ordained in 1990 into ministry by Christ Holy Sanctified Church. She held numerous offices, to include secretary/treasurer in Oklahoma and a representative for the State of Oklahoma on Board 1. As a member of the Holy Temple Church in Oklahoma City, she was appointed pastor of Worthy Temple in Anadarko in 2001.
Rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer(s) are at $15,000. If you have information, please contact the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-522-8017 or CLICK HERE