- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) - Authorities were searching Sunday for a couple wanted in the Midwest City slayings of an off-duty Sapulpa police officer and another man, who is the father of one of the suspects, according to police.

Sapulpa police Lt. Trey Pritchard and his cousin Jeffrey Grafton, both 46, were found dead Saturday night in a motel room on the city’s south side after an employee reported an unresponsive person in the room, Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said. Pritchard and Grafton went to the hotel while trying to recover a truck that was stolen from Grafton, he said.

First-degree murder warrants have been issued for the arrest of Grafton’s son, 22-year-old Jonathan Grafton, and the younger Grafton’s girlfriend, 21-year-old Daphne Mason, Clabes said. He said the two are considered armed and dangerous.

“This is not a ‘whodunit,’” Clabes said.

The cause of the deaths was not released. The bodies have been sent to the state medical examiner’s office.

Clabes said family members told officers that Jonathan Grafton had stolen his father’s truck and that Pritchard and Jeffrey Grafton tracked the pickup to the motel using the vehicle’s GPS system.

“What we believe is that (Jeffrey) Grafton went into the hotel room first, confronted his son and his son’s girlfriend,” Clabes said. “Apparently the older Grafton did not come out of the hotel room, and then Pritchard went into the hotel room, and a short time later the 2000 model truck fled the area.”

The stolen pickup truck was found later Sunday in Yukon, west of Oklahoma City, Clabes said. He added that officers are working with Oklahoma City police, Tulsa police and the U.S. marshals service in an effort to find the suspects.

Sapulpa police did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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