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.
"All we can say is that we're grieving and we pray justice is done and we thank everyone for the prayers and support their giving," Debbie Harrison, Swearingin's mother, told KXAN.
The bodies were recovered Tuesday from clandestine graves in Okfuskee County, about 75 miles east of Oklahoma City.
Officials say the two friends were reported missing Jan. 4 and that their car was found in Austin the next day.
On Jan. 9, officials said they obtained new information about the friends' disappearance but what that information was has not been revealed.
Authorities say the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Oklahoma will make positive identification after autopsies.
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Harrison told KXAN that the family has tentative plans for his service Saturday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Academy near Temple