Tulsa search not over for young Florida girl's body

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Updated: 12/13/2012 9:54 am Published: 12/12/2012 9:38 pm

Tulsa city leaders thanked those involved in the spring and summer search for a young Florida girl’s remains.

A 'credible source' told authorities four-year-old Ashani Creighton’s body was in the area of 61st Street and Mingo in Tulsa.  Detectives from Tulsa and Florida spent weeks searching for her remains in March and May 2012, more than ten years after she was reported missing around 1997.

Many volunteers donated their time, their equipment, their skills, and their business space to allow for the investigation to take place along 61st and Mingo. 

The mayor thanked them on the city’s behalf. Those volunteers included local construction crews, concrete cutters and mixers, forensic students from Oklahoma State University and archeologists from The University of Oklahoma, the employees and business owners along 61st and Mingo, Grand Master Kang, the Gnarly Dog, Sandra Lee’s, among many others. 

Investigators had to cut out huge holes in some of those businesses floors to search underneath the concrete to find Creighton’s remains.

“It was very special to bring these people out today so we can offer them some thanks for their commitment and their heart,” said Tulsa Police homicide detective Margaret Loveall. “They got out here and worked under some very difficult conditions. It was extremely hot; it was extremely emotional especially, when we became hopeful at some findings and then we’d discover it wasn’t what we thought it would be.”

No one from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida was able to come out for the special thank you from Tulsa city leaders but their names were all mentioned, including one of the lead investigators on the case, Marcus Robinson.

“When we finally came to those concluding moments where we realized we were going to have to pack up and leave without finding what we really wanted, it was very disappointing,” said Loveall. “It was disheartening because people had their heart in this search. It was not a task it was a mission and the mission was not complete. So we are saying thanks today for all the effort people put into this but this is by no means a conclusion to our mission.”

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