As law enforcement agencies continue a search for Conn Nipp, 22, of Overbrook, additional details regarding the events that led to the arrest warrants for both Nipp and Shelby Graham, 32, of Lone Grove were obtained by The Ardmoreite Monday.
Graham has been charged with felony fraudulent claim upon insurance contract for payment of loss as well as misdemeanor false reporting of a crime. Nipp is wanted for felony eluding an officer while endangering another.
The arrest warrants were filed in connection into the disappearance of both Molly Miller and Colt Haynes.
Capt. Ronnie Hampton, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F, said the search for Nipp is ongoing with no new updates. He did confirm the OHP has received some tips on Nipp’s whereabouts.
“We were hoping he would turn himself in at 5 p.m. today (Monday) and we will get the Marshall Service to begin a fugitive investigation on him,” Hampton said.
Graham appeared in court Monday and a preliminary conference was scheduled for 9 a.m., Feb. 18.
The affidavits filed by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in district court indicate a 2012 Honda Accord was driven in Wilson at 10:46 p.m. July 7 and was driven in a reckless manner while spinning and slinging rocks toward two stationary marked Wilson Police vehicles.
Officers Richard Parsley and Brandon Dingman began a pursuit, which started westbound through city streets into the downtown area as the Honda began increasing speed. The vehicle turned south on State Highway 76 and, during the pursuit, continued to increase speed while turning off its headlamps. The vehicle also turned into the opposing lane of traffic eastbound on County Line Road, throwing gravel at the police vehicles as it accelerated.
The Wilson officers ended the chase as they were unable to safely maintain the pursuit because of the high rate of speed as well as dust generated on the dirt road.
The OHP was able to determine through its investigation that the car had been seen at the residence of Josh Davis at 9 p.m. July 7 in Ardmore. The driver was identified as a white male, approximately 6 foot tall weighing approximately 200 pounds with white hair. The affidavit stated the description matched Nipp. Davis also said when the Honda left his residence, Colt Haynes was the front seat passenger and Molly Miller was the rear seat passenger.
Graham, the owner of the vehicle, told Capt. Ronnie Hampton, Commander of Troop F, and representatives of State Farm Insurance, that she had loaned the Honda to Nipp and he had lawful possession of the vehicle on July 7. She said Nipp had returned the vehicle to her residence 15 to 30 minutes prior to the pursuit in Wilson.
The OHP interviewed neighbors of Graham that were awake and outside at that time and they stated the vehicle did not arrive back at her residence at the time in question.
Graham went on to tell investigators she went to sleep shortly after the car arrived and woke up at 6 a.m., July 8 to discover the car was stolen.
Cell phone records obtained by the OHP paint a different picture. The affidavit indicated cell phone records show considerable phone and text message communication with Melissa Greenroyd, Nipp's mother, as well as Jennifer Nipp, the aunt of Conn Nipp.
The activity began within minutes of the pursuit ending, continuing through the evening of July 7 into early morning July 8 leading to Graham's phone call to the Lone Grove Police Department to report her vehicle stolen.
Additional cell phone records belonging to Conn Nipp, Haynes and Miller were analyzed. The locations of the phones struck cellular towers with their wireless signal. The mapping of the information shows the devices were traveling together at all times before the police chase and moments before it started in Wilson. The information also indicated that Nipp, Haynes and Miller traveled from Ardmore and were near Wilson at the time the pursuit started.
Further investigation into Graham's claim of a stolen vehicle indicated she told State Farm that once she discovered her car was stolen, she went across the street to ask a neighbor if they had seen or heard anything.
The OHP canvassed the neighborhood asking every resident if Graham contacted them on the morning of July 8 and none of the residents had contact with her prior to the report of a stolen vehicle.
It was confirmed by the OHP that a State Farm representative relied on an affidavit of vehicle theft and two recorded statements by Graham to process the claim, at which point the insurance company provided payment in excess of $18,000 based on the information provided by Graham.
The OHP filed the charge of falsely reporting a crime after it was determined that initial information, in addition to a handwritten statement, were false.