The Pryor Times

July 27, 2013

Body found in Spring Creek identified

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— A body floating in Spring Creek was called in by a fisherman Thursday.

Mayes County Sheriff’s Office received the call at 1:49 p.m., and upon arriving at the scene identified a female body floating near the boat docks in Spring Creek, just south of Locust Grove.

Deputies on the scene suspected a possible drowning and called in Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Lake Patrol division.

The body was brought to shore and deputies located a single gunshot wound.

“At this time it appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Capt. Rod Howell of the Sheriff’s Office. “There was also a note found at the scene.”

Authorities are not suspecting foul play.

While officials were able to identify the body, they are not releasing the name as next of kin has not been notified. However, they did release that the individual was a 56-year-old female from Locust Grove.

Howell says it appeared the body had been in the water less than 24 hours at the time of discovery.

The body was taken to the medical examiner where cause of death will be determined.

A single vehicle was present at the scene, which was included as evidence in the investigation.

“Again, we absolutely do not suspect any foul play. At this point every indication is that this is a tragic self-inflicted gunshot wound and we’re trying to track down the family,” said Howell.

This makes the fifth body to be found in or near Mayes County waters this summer, but the Sheriff’s Office emphasizes they have found absolutely no connection between the incidents.