Body found at Central High

Toni Hopper
The Duncan Banner

Just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, Stephens County Sheriff’s deputies recovered a body near Beaver Creek about a 1/4 mile Ballpark and Four Mile Road area.

Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said his department has had a missing persons case they’ve been working, but issued a caution that they do not know if the body found is the person in question. The missing persons case has been in progress since July 24, for Ricky Grigsby of Marlow. Grigsby’s car was found near the area in which the body was recovered Wednesday, but McKinney said he does not want anyone to jump to conclusions.

“We don’t know that this is Mr. Grigsby or not. We do have an unidentified death in the county,” he said. McKinney said Grigsby’s family has been notified that a body was found, but he said, they also were told that the body has not been identified.

The search, with the assistance of a cadaver search dog, began about 8 a.m. Wednesday, and around 9:50 a.m. the dog made a hit, said the sheriff. The unidentified body was found in heavily dense foliage not far from the creek on private ranch land. In the background, oil tanks could be seen.

Sheriff’s deputies guarded the area as the day went on, and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigators arrived after noon to help process the scene. The investigation is under the sheriff’s jurisdiction.

McKinney said the body would be taken to the medical examiner’s office in Oklahoma City for an autopsy. He hopes to have a positive identification on the body by the weekend.

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