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Human remains found in Bray pond, again

BRAY, Okla._Investigators said a skull was uncovered in a pond in Bray after a couple of spring breakers went fishing.

The Stephens County Sheriff's Office was called out last week to a pond on Bailey Road. It's there neighbors said at least two distinctive pieces of bone were pulled from the mud. Now investigators are trying to determine who they belong to.

When investigators arrived on the scene, they were already pretty familiar with the area. That's because this isn't the first time human remains have emerged from this particular pond. Back in 2006, the body of missing 46-year-old Rose Bagley was recovered from this same location.

Ewell Magby says his teenage grandsons were the ones that stumbled upon the not-so-ordinary discovery.

"One of them picked it up and looked at it. They were a little excited...never seen anything like that before," said Magby.

The three boys found what they thought was an old turtle shell, but after taking pictures and showing other family members it was clear those remains weren't of a turtle but of a human body.

"And I thought, yes, that looks like a skull so I got on the phone and called the county sheriff," said Magby.

Within a matter of hours, sheriff's deputies and the State Medical Examiner's Office descended on the pond. Neighbors said two pieces of a human skull were collected. But now investigators say there's still a lot to be determined.

"We need to know if this is a homicide case, it could be a natural cause or a missing person so we're not sure if this is a crime or not at this point in time," said Jessica Brown, Investigator with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation.

It's possible that the discovery is linked with the death of Rose Bagley but for now, Brown says it's too early to tell.

"It takes time to identify bones. To do DNA testing on them and then match that DNA and if they can then you can work on identification," explained Brown.

In the meantime, Magby says he just hopes that whoever is responsible is found.

"I've got a big family of my own, and I don't want anything to happen to them. If it was me and my kid or wife or whatever, I would want to find all of them and get them taken care of," said Magby.

The OSBI says there's no timeline as to when they expect to have those remains identified. However, if this event is ruled a homicide, they say there's no statute of limitations meaning agencies will be able to connect each piece of the puzzle carefully before any charges are pursued.

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