A 37-year-old Oklahoma woman has been arrested in connection with the slaying of a nationally recognized horse trainer in the barrel racing circuit.
Waddell, 56, went missing on June 24. He was supposed to be en route to North Carolina to visit family, but never arrived. His vehicle was located in south Okmulgee County wrecked and abandoned.
On July 3, the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that a land owner in the area of Gun Club Road and 330 Road had possibly located human remains. The Medical Examiner’s Office and Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the victim was Waddell.
Bain, who was reported to be the last person to see Waddell alive, is being held at the Okmulgee County jail on a first-degree murder complaint.
News of the award-winning trainer’s death struck the barrel racing community hard. Barrel Horse News posted on Facebook that Waddell was “not only a champion trainer and highly skilled horseman, but a kind and genuine man who touched the hearts of so many.”