Temple Police extradite woman connected to missing persons case

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The woman accused of stealing Michael Swearingin’s car and leaving it in Austin has returned to Bell County. 

Deputies booked Maya Maxwell into the Bell county jail at 10:46pm Tuesday night.

Swearingin and Jenna Scott were reported missing on January 4th.  The bodies of the two friends were found in Ofuskee County, Oklahoma almost two weeks later.

Maya Maxwell was arrested in Muskegon, Michigan several days later.  According to her arrest affidavit, she admitted to Detective Corey Powell during an interview that she knew a criminal offense had been committed, namely the theft of Swearingin’s 2016 Hyundai Genesis.  The affidavit also says Maxwell drove the car to Austin on January 3rd, in hopes of concealing it from law enforcement.

Maxwell faces a charge of Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence.  Also in the Muskegon jail was Ginell McDonough, who faces a charge of Harboring a Fugitive.  

McDonough is married to Cedric Marks, who is a suspect in the burglary of Jenna Scott’s home.  Scott and Marks were previously in a relationship, but she filed a protection order against him in 2018. She accused him of abusing her.  

At this time, police have not named Marks as a suspect in Scott and Swearingin’s disappearance or death. 

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