McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

July 21, 2012

Woman "held against her will" at Narconon Arrowhead

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER — A young woman says she was held against her will at Narconon Arrowhead and had to be rescued by Pittsburg County Sheriffs officers late Thursday night.

 Narconon Arrowhead is a non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Canadian with ties to the church of Scientology, according to Gary Smith director of the facility.

About 10:30 p.m. Thursday two Pittsburg County Sheriff’s officers were dispatched at Narconon Arrowhead to escort Destanie Ramsey,19, of Holdenville, out of the facility after her mother said she was told she could not pick her up, according to Richard Bedford Assistant Pittsburg County Sheriff.

“We asked her if she wanted to leave and she said yes,” Bedford said.

Ramsey said she wanted out because of the recent death of her roommate at the facility, Stacy Dawn Murphy.

Murphy, 20, was found dead at the facility on Thursday morning, according to police report.

 The case is under investigation by the Pittsburg County Sheriffs department and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations.