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Missing Duncan Man Found Dead in Field

DUNCAN, Okla_ The Duncan man who had been reported missing, 71-year-old Jimmy Peel, was found dead in a field just south of Plato Road early this morning.

Investigators said he suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The field was searched several times, but it was too overgrown to find anything easily. The weather conditions allowed authorities to search it more thoroughly. They said they wanted to search the field again after receiving a tip that an elderly man was walking Plato road fitting Peel's description.

The body was sent to the medical examiner.

ORIGINAL STORY

DUNCAN Okla_ A Duncan family is pleading for help to find their missing family member. He's now been gone for over 48 hours.

71-year-old Jimmy Peel was last seen in Duncan around 8:00 AM Saturday and was later reported missing around 5:00 PM. When they got the call, police and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol immediately began searching in rural fields behind Peel's house. They even called in the Central Oklahoma Search and Rescue's K-9 unit, but they've had no luck.

Peel's daughter lives in Texas and met him earlier this month for lunch. She said he was doing great and being himself. His wife said Friday night was a low key and enjoyable night at home. She said Saturday morning, Peel was following his regular routine.

"We are at a complete loss," Peel's daughter, Robin Peel Joe said. "We have no clues, no answers."

Peel's wife, Helen, told investigators her husband likes to come to Chisolm Mall daily and go walking just inside these doors. He did just that Saturday, returning home about 8:00 AM. His wife said she went to run errands, while he took a nap. She said she knew something was wrong when he didn't get up hours later. That's when she started looking.

"His car keys, his house keys, his wallet, and his car, were all here," Helen said.

"Everything was here but him."

Helen said the house was completely locked up, with no signs of forced entry. Captain Jay Evans with the Duncan Police Department said along with searching for Peel all weekend, they've conducted numerous interviews.

"We've been making contact with any person that may have known him or may have talked to him to see what kind of state of mind he was in," Evans said.

He said everyone agrees with Peel's wife and daughter: everything seemed normal. That's what makes this disappearance baffling for the department.

"We don't know what happened at this point," Evans said. "That's why we need help looking for him. We have no clues. Anything anyone can provide will be of help."

Peel's family is also worried about his health. He has heart problems and takes blood pressure medication, but those pills were left in his bedroom along with everything else.

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