1. BODIES DISCOVERED BRING STORM TOLL TO 9
The bodies of John Reinhardt, 20, and Caitlin Frangel, 19, both from Hazelwood, Missouri, were found around 4 a.m. on a flooded rural road that runs along the river at Portage Des Sioux, after reported been missing on May 15th.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Dallas Thompson said, an autopsy determined they both drowned.
According to officials, the major flooding in several states contributed by the heavy rain in recent weeks and water released from an Oklahoma dam are expected to threaten communities from Tulsa to Arkansas through at least the holiday weekend.
To control flooding in Tulsa, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began increasing the amount of water being released into the river from the Keystone Dam northwest of the city.
It has become a concern in Oklahoma and Arkansas days after severe storms worsen the spring flooding throughout the Midwest and spawned dozens of tornadoes.
2. WISCONSIN MAN WHO KIDNAPPED JAYME CLOSS GETS LIFE IN PRISON
A Wisconsin man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents upon the girl’s request.
Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping after confessing of breaking into Jayme’s home in October.
Jayme’s parents, James and Denise Closs were gunned down by Patterson before raping Jayme and holding her under a bed in his remote cabin for 88 days.
Patterson was sentenced to consecutive life sentences without the possibility of release on the homicide charges by the judge, James Babler and ordered to serve 25 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision on the kidnapping count.