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Father of Kentucky teen who vanished after stepmother killed: 'I found some way to not have unconditional love for my child'

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DANVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After nearly three years of marriage, Phillip Oakley has no doubt that his wife Rhonda was his soulmate.

“If there was a book written about the perfect wife, the perfect mother, the perfect nana, that would be my wife,” Phillip Oakley said. “I know she made me a better person. She changed my life.”

Rhonda Oakley, 52, was murdered on Sept. 1 in the family’s home near Danville. Her body was discovered by her stepson when he returned home from school.

“In my mind, I knew who did it, and I was very angry. I’m still very angry,” Phillip Oakley said.

Shortly after the murder, Kentucky State Police issued an alert for Phillip Oakley’s 15-year-old daughter Jenna. She was missing along with her stepmother’s car.

According to investigators, Jenna Oakley and her 20-year-old boyfriend, Kenneth Nigh, were found in that stolen car on Sept. 3 in Tucumcari, N.M.

The couple was charged with auto theft.

Nigh was also hit with a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A criminal complaint regarding Nigh’s arrest reveals that 911 dispatchers in Tucumcari, N.M., referred to Jenna Oakley as “a primary suspect of a homicide that occurred in Boyle County, Kentucky”-- the county where Rhonda Oakley was killed.

“I think the people that did this are monsters and so I have no pity on them whatsoever,” said Phillip Oakley. “Just pray for the family because that’s what we need the most right now is prayer.”

Kentucky State Police have not publicly named any suspects in the murder, but Phillip Oakley had a few things to say about his daughter.

“What people say about Jenna, I don’t care. Say, feel however you want about her. I don’t care,” Phillip Oakley said. “You grow up and you have children and you know, you say you’ve got unconditional love for your children. That’s not true. That’s not true. I found some way to not have unconditional love for my child.”

The sheriff in Quay County, N.M., says shortly after Nigh's arrest, he tried to hang himself while he was lodged in the jail. Nigh’s injuries were so severe, he was taken to a hospital in Texas where he was placed on a ventilator.

There is no word on his current condition.

The sheriff also says Kentucky State Police arrived in New Mexico on Monday to bring Jenna Oakley back to Kentucky.

On Tuesday morning, Trooper Robert Purdy with Kentucky State Police confirmed Jenna Oakley's return saying "she safely arrived back in Kentucky last night".

No other details about her return were released. 

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