A bitter feud between two families may have led to the disappearance of three women.
In the spring of 1987, Wendy Britto of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was a divorced mother with a young daughter when she fell in love with a co-worker named Chad Noe. According to Wendy’s mother, Jackie Taylor:
Just one month after Jonathan’s birth, Wendy developed a crippling case of multiple sclerosis. She was hospitalized for nearly a year. Chad filed for divorce and was awarded primary custody of Jonathan. Chad felt he should raise Jonathan alone:
Wendy Camp was too sick to fight the divorce or the custody decision. For two years, she went through physical therapy just to regain simple skills like eating and walking. Then, her life took a positive turn, at least for a while. During this time, friends introduced Wendy to Leon Camp. They fell in love and were married. Wendy’s first child, Cynthia, lived with them. Wendy’s condition improved. So she asked her ex-husband, Chad, for visits with Jonathan.
At first, everything went smoothly. Jonathan spent a few weekends with Wendy and Leon. Then, according to Wendy’s mother, Chad’s family began to sabotage the visits:
Chad Noe remembers it differently:
Wendy’s husband, Leon Camp:
The charges of sexual abuse against Leon couldn’t be proved or disproved. The court ordered that Wendy and Leon’s visits resume and cited Chad for contempt. For more than six months, Chad refused to allow Jonathan to visit. Then on May 29, 1992, he had a sudden change of heart. Chad even offered to have his mother, Beverly Noe, pick up Wendy, since she was unable to drive. Leon said that he didn’t want Wendy to go alone:
By the time Beverly arrived, Leon had convinced his sister, Lisa Renee Kregear, to go with Wendy and Cynthia. According to Leon:
The 115-mile drive to Chad’s home in Shamrock, Oklahoma, took just over two hours. When the group arrived, Wendy called Leon:
When it was time for Wendy to say good-bye to Jonathan, she, Cynthia and Lisa Renee climbed back into Beverly’s car. Chad’s grandmother, Ida Prewitt, joined them for the ride. Before leaving Shamrock, Wendy called Leon again:
According to Chad’s grandmother Ida, Wendy was unpleasant from the very beginning:
Ida says Chad’s mother later reported that the bickering continued for the next half hour:
Beverly told police that she pulled into a shopping center parking lot 45 miles from Wendy’s home. She then ordered Wendy, Cynthia, and Lisa Renee out of the car. They never returned home. They never called. They never asked anyone for help. It was as though they had dropped off the face of the earth. According to Jackie Johnson with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation:
Jackie Taylor suspected foul play:
Ida Prewitt denies the accusations:
In spite of Chad’s denials, two residents of Shamrock have told authorities they overhead him boasting that he had killed Wendy, Cynthia, and Lisa Renee, and that no one would ever find their bodies. Chad Noe:
“Maybe in one of my drunker stupors I might’ve popped off, ’Oh yeah, yeah I did it.’ But there ain’t no way I could’ve done something like that. I’m not a violent person.”
21 years after they disappeared, a man named Grover Prewitt alerted investigators that he suspected that the bodies of Wendy Camp, Cynthia Britto, and Lisa Renee Kregear were located on his property. Prewitt is the brother of Beverly Noe, and he believed the victims were buried in a septic tank hold he had dug. All three victims were found there. Beverly Noe was arrested for the 1992 killings. Noe pleaded no contest to the murder charge and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 15 years suspended as part of a plea bargain. Ida Prewitt, Beverly’s mother, was also a suspect but she is now deceased.