A Sad Conclusion to the abduction of Caitlin Elizabeth Wooten


From KOTV 6, The bodies of missing teen Caitlin Elizabeth Wooten and her alleged abductor Jerry Don Savage were spotted by troopers who were searching for them in an Oklahoma Highway Patrol helicopter shortly before 10 am.

Officials in Ada say the bodies of Caitlin Elizabeth Wooten and Jerry Don Savage were spotted by troopers who were searching for them in an Oklahoma Highway Patrol helicopter shortly before 10 am.

Ada spokesman Mark Bratcher says the troopers guided a search team on the ground to the partially wooded area in Pontotoc County six miles southwest of Ada. Bratcher says each of the victims died from gunshot wounds, but it wasn’t known how long they had been dead.

As posted yesterday, an Amber Alert issues for 16 year old Caitlin Elizabeth Wooten who had been taken at gun point by Jerry Don Savage. Less than 24 hours later both are found dead from gun shot wounds.

A truly sad ending to an all to common situation in this country that could have been prevented. Reportedly, there was a restraining order against Jerry Don Savage, the ex-boy friend of Caitlin Elizabeth Wooten’s mother. He had allegedly kidnapped or had attempted to kidnap Caitlin’s mother.

Court records show Savage had a protective order filed against him on August 30th. We’re told he is the ex-boyfriend of Wooten’s mother.

This country needs to figure out a better way of how to protect children and those that actually obey the laws. Authorities need to figure out that “THE INNOCENT HAVE RIGHT TO!!!”. A piece of “protective order” paper is worth about as much as the paper it is written on to a person who does not care about the law. We need to start treating these individuals as the CRIMINALS they are and not worrying about their rights.


Hat Tip: dragonfly

Discussion Forum for Caitlin Elizabeth Wooten

Posted September 24, 2005 by
Child Welfare, Crime, Missing Persons | 7 comments

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    7 Responses to “A Sad Conclusion to the abduction of Caitlin Elizabeth Wooten”

    1. E Saxxon on September 25th, 2005 3:27 am

      Well said, I agree 100%. We always hear about the rights of the sex offenders. Well, what about the rights of the children NOT to be abducted, raped or killed? We need to see to it that children in this country are safe and well protected.

    2. Cubana on September 25th, 2005 8:42 pm

      This is one of my BIGGEST issues! As a mother, I live in fear EVERY DAY! While searching for a new house I was obsessed with the FBI’s sex offender website to make sure that we weren’t moving next to a registered sex offender! We have got to get these sex offenders/child molesters off of the streets! Once caught and released, they tend to do it again! No lesson is learned serving 18 months for molesting a child! Any child that is molested lives with that for the rest of their lives. This is a SERIOUS crime and should not be taken lightly. I am all for tightening the laws—where do we start?

    3. Z06 guy on September 26th, 2005 4:34 pm

      I think instead of a short prison term they should be given either of thses:
      1) Dropped of in shark infested waters and left to fend for themselves
      2) turned over the the victims families for a couple of days while handcuffed and their feet tied together

    4. mommy2 on September 27th, 2005 11:30 am

      Jerry should have never been let out of jail after abducting Caitlin’s mother three weeks earlier. Friends knew how he was and what he was capable of. This could have been prevented.

    5. forcaitlinssake on September 27th, 2005 10:05 pm

      I agree 100%, Jerry Should never have been let out of jail. My daughter was one of Caitlin’s close friends and this has been a horrible ordeal for everyone involved. I am angry at the city of Ada for allowing this man out of jail, I’m angry at the school for not having better security. My daughter parks her car two spaces away from where Caitlin was taken. Tomorrow we will bury a beautiful girl that had a very bright future in front of her.. The law needs to be changed. People who do violent crimes do not deserve to get bail they need to sit in jail and rot. Had he been behind bars for the first kidnapping, Caitlin would still be with us today.

    6. Gloria Donaghey on October 27th, 2005 3:39 pm

      I as a citizen of Ada am as upset and outraged as everyone else at the situation about the law concerning protection of batered women. I agrreethe law does need to be changed to keep someone in jail longer to find out more information on them before released after committing an act such as this one.
      To me a protection order is just a piece of paper. I understand an arrest cannot be made until a crime has been commited, but as we are seeing more and more , it is to late by then. My heart goes out to the family of this beautiful young Lady. I pray their plea is heard and a law is passed for their daughter. Thank you.

      Sincerely, Gloria Donaghey

    7. Cindy Wooten on November 5th, 2005 6:48 pm

      Please visit Caitlin’s website to learn what we are doing in her name.
      Van and Cindy Wooten
      Caitlin’s Daddy and Step Mom

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