Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Murder of Ci'Lina Deloney

Ci'Lina Deloney was only 21 years-old when she was found murdered on January 16th, 2017. Prior to her untimely death, Ci'Lina lived on the Comache Nation reservation in Oklahoma. She had been married since she was 16 years-old, and she and her husband raised a daughter together. 

According to Ci'Lina's sister, Journee Toathy, Ci'Lina was struggling financially and emotionally in the months leading up to her death. In October 2016, Ci'Lina was at work when she learned that three men had broken into her home and robbed her family. Ci'Lina's husband, daughter, and sister Journee were inside the home during the robbery. All three of them were held at gunpoint. After learning about the robbery, Ci'Lina rushed home from work to comfort her daughter. She lost her job shortly thereafter.

During the following months, Ci'Lina's financial struggles worsened. She ended up moving to a motel in Lawton as a result. Ci'Lina last spoke to her family members on January 15th, 2017. The following day, Ci'Lina's family members saw a Facebook post about a body that had been found on Northwest Paint Road. They reportedly had an unsettling feeling that the body was belonged to Ci'Lina. Shortly thereafter, their fears were confirmed: Ci'Lina was a victim of homicide. She had been shot numerous times. 

Throughout the investigation, detectives learned that Ci'Lina was last seen alive at a Wal-Mart located approximately 10 miles away from where her body was found. She was reportedly seen getting into another person's vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Ci'Lina's vehicle was found abandoned in the parking lot as well, but it did not yield any clues in her case. Detectives have reportedly identified the driver of the car that Ci'Lina left in, but they were never able to locate the vehicle itself.

In the months that followed Ci'Lina's murder, a man named Darnell McDaniel was labeled as a person of interest. However, August 2017 - over 7 months after Ci'Lina's death, investigators confirmed that McDaniel was no longer considered a person of interest. In 2019, investigators said they had potential persons of interest, but not enough evidence to bring them in. 

According to a website dedicated to raising awareness to missing and murdered indigenous people titled Justice for Native People, over 50 people have been interviewed about Ci'Lina's murder. Additionally, three people agreed to taking polygraph exams. All three people passed.

Ci'Lina's murder remains unsolved. If you have any information that could lead to her killer, please call (580) 492-8477 to submit an anonymous tip. 

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