CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Oklahoma say the charred body of a Baptist minister has been discovered next to his church.
Chickasha Police Department Lt. Scott Weaver says the body of 55-year-old Rev. Michael Dean Walworth was discovered about 7:45 a.m. Friday on the ground near the First Missionary Baptist Church in Chickasha.
Officials say Walworth was pronounced dead at the scene between the church and a nearby residence. Police say the cause of Walworth’s death and how his body was burned is under investigation.
Investigators say they believe the pastor’s death is an isolated incident and that the public is not in danger.