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Suspect planned to eat Jamie Rose, 10.

Byline: By Matthew Jarvis

An Oaklahoma man could face the death penalty after the discovery of a young girl's body in his closet was seen as part of a plan to defile and eat human flesh.

The body of ten-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin was found in neighbour Kevin Ray Underwood's bedroom.

Purcell police chief David Tompkins said she had deep saw marks on her neck and was apparently hit several times with a wooden cutting board. Agents removed a meat tenderiser and barbecue skewers from his apartment, one floor down from where the girl lived with her father.

Mr Tompkins said: "Regarding a potential motive, this appears to have been part of a plan to kidnap a person, rape them, torture them, kill them, cut off their head, drain the body of blood, eat the corpse, then dispose of the organs and bones."

Underwood, aged 26, was arrested on Friday after investigators found Jamie's body in the closet of a bedroom in his apartment, authorities said.

The girl's unclothed body was inside a large plastic tub, along with a towel used to soak up blood, officials said.

Police would not say whether Underwood confessed to the murder.

The district attorney planned to file first-degree murder charges today and said he would seek the death penalty.

Tim Kuykendall, McClain County District Attorney, said: "This does not appear to be a spur-of-the-moment crime of opportunity but a well-thought-out, premeditated act with months of planning and preparation."

Jamie was last seen on Wednesday at the library in Purcell, about 20 miles south of Oklahoma City.

She knew Underwood, who would entertain her with his pet rat on his shoulder, said Mr Kuykendall.

The night before her disappearance, Underwood offered to let her use the telephone to order a pizza, the prosecutor said.

Investigators believe she died on Wednesday, after being hit several times with a wooden cutting board, then suffocated with duct tape. She was sexually assaulted after she died, officials said.

"Jamie was in the apartment below us the whole time," said Rose Fox, Jamie's grandmother.

Underwood said he began fantasising about eating someone a year ago, said Mr Kuykendall.

Authorities believe that Underwood had targeted and considered other people to be his victim, including a woman and a five-year-old boy.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents seized a decorative dagger, a hack saw, duct tape, a meat tenderiser, barbecue skewers, a duffel bag, the cutting board, a computer, and a videotape about a serial killer.

Jamie lived upstairs in an apartment with her father, Curtis Bolin, a car mechanic, her grandmother said. Jamie's mother, Jenny, is a truck driver in Oklahoma City. The couple separated several years ago, said Ms Fox.

The child's father remained under sedation.

Ms Fox added: "His whole life revolved around Jamie. He didn't go out and party. He didn't drink or smoke. This has probably destroyed him."

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The body of ten-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin (top left) was found in the bedroom of neighbour Kevin Ray Underwood (left). Police said she had deep saw marks on her neck and was apparently hit several times with a wooden cutting board
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