Police continue wreck investigation, body found

Published: Jul. 25, 2015 at 11:17 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2015 at 3:21 PM CDT
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LAWTON, Okla._ New details after Lawton police say a body was found inside a wrecked truck on Saturday.

After LPD's accident reconstruction team assessed the scene, it appears the driver lost control of the truck while taking a curve on Rogers Lane. Officials say the truck appears to have been down in the ravine for a couple of months.

Bridging the Gap, a group that helps in searching for missing people, happened to stumble on the truck just after 1:00 p.m. Saturday, and that's when they contacted police. When they stumbled on the wrecked truck, they were unsure if anyone was inside. A member of the search party, Julie Pendley, said she hopes whoever the family may be, that now they can rest.

"Another family is going to have some closure, cause that is one thing that some family's never get," said Pendley.

After assessing the scene, LPD called in their traffic reconstruction team to recreate the accident.

"Once they get all that done, we'll go ahead and get the equipment out here and get the truck pulled out," said Lt. Johnson.

The truck that was being pulled out of the ravine near Rogers Lane and Highway 62 late Saturday evening was in an area that Lt. Johnson said is not an easy one to get to.

"It is very treacherous down there and it is hard to even get people down to where it is at," said Johnson.

Lt. Johnson said they are still working to piece together what happened.

"All we know at this point in time, is we have a vehicle that ran off the road way, and probably an accident with fatality involved," said Johnson.

Lawton police did confirm there was a deceased body inside the truck. However, they are not releasing any further information until a medical examiner has positively identified that person.

Pendley said she finds relief knowing she is able to help a family find closure.

"Let them start the grieving process, stop in limbo, stop wondering and not knowing and all that and be able to start grieving and start moving forward," said Pendley.

Late Saturday evening, crews were still out trying to figure out a way to pull that truck out. A wrecker truck did try, but the cable ended up snapping.