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Suspicous Circumstances Surround Skeletal Remains
The Oklahoma State Medical Examiners office will excavate remains found in Lake Eufaula. Pittsburg County Sheriff says the discovery is suspicious, but adds there is the possibility the remains are from a Native American burial site.
Sheriff Joel Kerns tells Fox 25 the two sets of remains discovered were an equal distance apart and in between the bodies, investigators found a cinder block with a cable attached.
The sheriff says a state expert on Native American remains will review the bodies before the excavation. He hopes the medical examiners office will be able to determine the age of the remains soon. Investigators say the two skulls found do contain enough teeth for experts to retrieve dental records, which could lead to an identification of the remains if they are not part of an ancient burial site.
The sheriff says his county and the surrounding area have several open missing person cases and they will review those records to see if they match the remains discovered. At this point though, the sheriff says the bones do not appear to be from any recent case.
The sheriff has asked for help from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and says the Highway Patrol will also help by providing a boat to reach the area where the remains were unearthed.
Posted: Tuesday, January 22 2013, 11:56 AM CST
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Oklahoma lawmakers plan $45 million tornado relief
May 21, 2013 22:12 GMT
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma lawmakers have begun the process of appropriating millions of dollars in emergency funds to help pay the cost of recovering from tornadoes that have ravaged parts of central Oklahoma.
Separate committees of the House and Senate on Tuesday approved a plan to appropriate $45 million from the state's Rainy Day Constitutional Reserve Fund. The money will go to the State Emergency Fund to help recover from a massive tornado that struck Moore on Monday, killing at least 24 people. A separate tornado on Sunday left two dead in Shawnee.
Republican Sen. Clark Jolley of Edmond says the money will help the Department of Emergency Management match disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or to pay costs not covered by federal dollars.
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