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July 27, 2012

Narconon Arrowhead fires 2 employees while death investigation continues

McALESTER — The director at Narconon Arrowhead confirms two employees were fired  this week after the body of a young woman was found dead at the facility.

“To answer the question two staff was fired this week for poor job performance which were completely unrelated to the recent matter,” said Gary Smith director of Narconon Arrowhead.

On July 19th 20-year-old Stacy Dawn Murphy was found dead at the facility. A death scene investigation report from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation which was handed over to Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns and to the District 18 District Attorney’s office on Wednesday.

“We are continuing to talk to people associated to Narconon,” Kerns said on Friday.

 Narconon Arrowhead, a nonprofit drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Canadian with affiliation with the Church of Scientology.

Kerns said on Monday that the DA’s office requested the official reports on two other deaths at the facility; Hillary Holten, 21, who died in April and 32-year-old Gabriel Graves.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the report was finalized Wednesday and handed over to Kerns.

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Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

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