LeFlore County dive teams ended their search Thursday without finding the 17-year-old girl they were looking for in a local lake, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The search was connected to a homicide investigation, authorities said.
After a thorough search throughout the day, the highway patrol sent out a statement at 8 p.m. saying divers had been released to their regular duties. The LeFlore County District Attorney’s Task Force will carry on the investigation, according to the statement.
Oklahoma authorities earlier in the day began searching for a body in Lake Wister, said Capt. George Brown with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Brown said he received a call for assistance from the office of District Attorney Jeff Smith concerning a possible homicide victim, so a dive from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was dispatched to assist in the search for a body.
Officials from the Wister Police Department and the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office both said they were not assisting and had not been contacted about the search.
Smith said members of the local Violent Crime Task Force were also involved in the investigation.
Smith confirmed officials spent most of the morning searching for the body, but no more details about the possible homicide victim have been released at this time.