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Altus Police Searching for Murder Victim's Remains

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Investigators on the murder of an Altus woman 12 years ago say they are closing in tonight on a key piece of evidence--the victim's body. Police resumed their search in Kiowa County for the remains of Tracy Allen this morning after having to suspend the search last week because of the snow and ice. A team of archeologists and police are digging for her remains in a camping area just south of Roosevelt. Her ex-husband, Garland Allen, was arrested in Texas last week for the murder.

The site at the camping ground is where Garland Allen led police last Wednesday after returning to Oklahoma, before being booked into the Jackson County jail. Allen says he buried Tracy there twelve years ago after beating her to death with a rifle in Altus. Allen has kept this location a secret all these years, and now police know this was a camping ground he frequented.

A team of archeologists from the University of Oklahoma, the state medical examiner, Kiowa County Sheriff and Altus police are all working together to recover Tracy's remains. The site where they are searching near Tom Stead Lake appeared to once be a camp ground, but now is overgrown and heavily wooded. Altus police Chief Tim Murphy says they had to have a path cleared just to get to the site.  Murphy also told me that Allen said nothing about the campsite until he got to Oklahoma, and as he led them to Kiowa County, that's when he revealed that he went there often.  

As you can see the archeologists are sifting through every grain of dirt looking for any evidence. The area they are searching in is a four by four foot area where they believe she is buried.

Police have been staying in this trailer 24 hours a day for the past week, to make sure no one disturbed the crime scene and they will continue to do so until every piece of evidence is collected.

Police have always considered Allen a suspect in his ex-wife's disappearance but they never had a body or a murder weapon. Now, they are confident they will uncover at least one missing piece of this puzzle that's been unsolved for twelve long years.


Murphy told me that they have not found anything as of now but they will let us know as soon as her remains are recovered, which he says could take several days. After her remains have been recovered they will then have to be sent to the state medical examiner's office to be identified.



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