Women linked to man at center of deadly disappearance case remain jailed

Ginell McDonough (left) and Maya Renee Maxwell. (Jail photos)
Ginell McDonough (left) and Maya Renee Maxwell. (Jail photos)(KWTX)
Published: Jan. 16, 2019 at 4:36 PM CST
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Two women linked to Cedric Marks, 44, the man at the center of the investigation of the disappearance and deaths of two Temple residents remain jailed after court appearances Wednesday in Muskegon, Mich.

Authorities found what they believe to be the bodies of Jenna Scott, 28, and her friend Michael Swearingin, 32, Tuesday in rural Okfusee County, Okla.,

Marks, whom police identified as Scott's ex-boyfriend, was arrested on Jan. 8 in Kent County, Mich., on a Temple burglary warrant stemming from a break-in on Aug. 21, 2018 at Scott’s home.

Temple police have not identified him as a person of interest or suspect in Scott’s and Swearingin’s disappearance and deaths.

Scott and Swearingin, who were longtime friends, were last heard from at 3 a.m. on Jan. 4 and were last known to be together at Swearingin’s home in Temple.

Swearingin’s 2016 Hyundai Genesis was missing from the residence, but was found on Jan. 5 in Austin.

Maya Renee Maxwell, 26, who was arrested on Jan. 11 in Muskegon on a Bell County warrant charging tampering with evidence, admitted that “she was involved with leaving Swearingin’s vehicle in Austin in hopes to conceal it from law enforcement, a warrant affidavit released Wednesday says.

She appeared in court Wednesday morning.

She waived extradition and will be returned to Bell County to face the charge within the next 10 days, Matt Roberts, the chief trial attorney with the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office, said Wednesday.

Maxwell is believed to have traveled with Marks to Michigan.

Marks wife, Ginell McDonough, 37, who was also arrested on Jan. 11 in Muskegon, was arraigned Wednesday morning on a charge of harboring a fugitive and was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bond,

She’s accused of harboring Marks, Roberts said.

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