Denise Lynn Grass

A woman was arrested late Friday afternoon in Muskogee after authorities received information she may have been involved in the homicide of man whose body was found burned in Cherokee County.

According to Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reports, Denise Lynn Grass, 43, was hired by Elvis Dry, 61, as his live-in caretaker. Deputies received information that Dry, an amputee who uses a wheelchair, had not been heard from or seen in several days.

While performing a welfare check on Jan. 20, deputies found what they believed to be Dry’s burned body in his backyard. Reports state that Dry’s wheelchair was also found burned approximately 15 yards away from the body.

According to reports, Grass told witnesses she set Dry afire on Jan. 17.

The Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner's Tulsa office made a positive identification of Dry by the serial number of a medical device.

Grass was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center, where she was booked for first-degree murder and desecration of a corpse.

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