Body found in Osage County

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Updated: 12/31/2012 9:12 am Published: 12/30/2012 3:36 am

According to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, human remains have been found in rural Osage County.

The Osage County undersheriff told FOX23 that the remains are believed to be those of missing Bartlesville man, Timothy Allen Hauser. According to authorities, the body had clothing similar to Hauser’s when he went missing.

A hunter searching for a deer he shot on Friday found the skeletal remains about three miles outside of Bartlesville and a half mile from Highway 60 along County Road 3425.  He called 911.

"There was some heavy brush but, I could see the entire skeleton," said hunter, Travis Merchant.

Hauser's niece, Melanie Anderson, got a phone call from the sheriff's office telling her they found her uncle.  She has coordinated search parties for the last five months.  She had combed the exact area where Merchant found the remains.

"I was relieved when I heard he was found," said Anderson.  "It's hard to swallow though that we missed him in this area because we looked here over and over.  His wallet was found in August just 1,000 feet from where Travis found him yesterday (Saturday)."  

The terrain has changed between August and December.  The grass has died down and been eaten by the cattle that were on the private property over the summer.  

"When its spring, summer, and parts of fall that grass is tall and thick and it's hard to see anything in the brush," said Merchant.

Anderson was grateful for Merchant's immediate action and thankful for the intense work from the investigators on her uncle's case. 

"Now we can focus on the people involved with his murder," said Anderson.

On August 9th, the 62-year-old was last seen walking out of a Bartlesville Casino around 1:30 in the morning with two people. 

Trysta Shaffer and Rusty Petty were seen on video with Hauser leaving the casino. Osage County investigators found text messages that revealed the two were planning to rob Hauser.  They each admitted to beating him but neither would confess who made the fatal blow.

Both Shaffer and Petty are each being held on a $1 million dollar bond.  Their charges could change this week, from robbery to murder charges.

Their preliminary hearing is February 7th, 2013 at 1:00p.m. 

Osage County officials said the State Medical Examiner will determine whether Hauser’s body has been found.

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aleman - 12/31/2012 8:29 AM
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It would be great to be like this great man who defended our freedom,as you probably don't know fought in many great battles besides Iwo,I'm sure he was haunted by many ghosts so I understand,but I myself am not a drinker or drug user,you need a protein injection should try a sweat lodge sweat out your demons that poison your thinking

Mayor Maynot - 12/31/2012 2:36 AM
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Aleman can we call you Ira hayse??

Mayor Maynot - 12/31/2012 2:33 AM
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Paleman alcoholic? Better go for cranberry therapy. I'd say smoke lodge but the roof would fall in on ¥0U

aleman - 12/30/2012 7:31 PM
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This stuff is worse than smallpox on blankets,it's the new Zyklon-B for Native Americans and poor whites,it turns its' users into zombies for the short time they have after they start using it,strange how the liberals defend it and the gov't does very little about...Hitler woulda been envious,if this were a disease and had infected as many people as this sewage has they would've called in the army,the news media ignores it people like you maynot defend it,it's gonna take first offense death penalty for those who make it to stop it,half the young men are addicted to it with new users everyday,it will ruin this country,this old man is one of the millions of victims of his crap counting the overdoses,the ruined families,prisons full of them,and the millions it cost the taxpayers to support this trash,I hope it burns your butt until you can't walk when I call them zombies 'cause I ain't gonna stop

aleman - 12/30/2012 7:07 PM
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It's what they are subhuman carictures of their former selves with their reptile eyes,trying to chew their left ear off with the one rotten tooth they have sir still have her but have lost three family members to this satanic concoction and fixing to lose another.I wish to see the manufacturers of this sewage rot in the lowest region of hell,you seem most offended, are you a user?You liberal wannabe defender of the wicked and rabid opponent of anything normal ,did your life partner run off with a cop?

Mayor Maynot - 12/30/2012 6:00 PM
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Aleman newsbot zombie find a new mantra before your cancer effects you. What happened ? Did your wife run off with a crack zombie?

aleman - 12/30/2012 11:22 AM
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Mentallity of these zombies...saw their mugshots in the newspaper...methmouth and the overgrown ears and stringy hair of their kind,beg,borrow,steal and kill to keep from running out...sad

Mayor Maynot - 12/30/2012 8:44 AM
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They're going to add murder to that laundry list. Shaffer and Petty are pretty stupid. Texting plans to kill someone is very helpful to authorities. Texting convicts.
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