Tulsa police find remains near where skull found

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 10/04/2013 7:38 pm Published: 10/04/2013 2:42 pm

Tulsa police found remains after searching near where skull found

Tulsa police searched the woods near a northwest Tulsa neighborhood after a human skull was found on Monday.

Investigators found more bones in the area.

Police searched near Apache and Gilcrease Museum Road. Seven years ago streets in the area were paved, but no more houses were ever built.

Neighbors say people dump things like trash and TVs without being seen and police think somebody dumped a body.

"I think the people that did this would have just assumed that the skull would not surface," said Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker.

He said a coyote or some other animal dropped the skull in a nearby yard, so he thinks the rest of the remains can't be too far.

"Really what we're doing today is trying to recover more remains, and it's going to be for the family when we do make positive identification on the skull," he said.

The Medical Examiner's Office hopes to identify the skull using dental records. The victim of an apparent homicide had braces.

"We're pretty confident that, as far as I'm concerned, that we have the person identified. But, obviously, we can't release that name until we can positively identify that and talk to the family," he said.

Earlier this week, FOX23 talked to the family of Khyre Campbell, who has been missing since last December and wore braces.

Campbell's family believes the skull is Khyre's.

Friday, detectives and cadets in Tulsa's police academy searched the woods looking for any clue.

"I think what we'll do is put each rookie within so many feet of each other in a line, and just have them go 10 yards and stop and realign and see what we can find that way," he said.

Neighbors told FOX23 that suspicious traffic in the area is common and they think crime is a regular occurrence.

Neighbors mentioned car break-ins, home burglaries, and other property crimes. They think all are committed by the suspicious characters hiding out around here.

It's a problem the Homeowners Association has been trying to fight for years. They said they call Tulsa police on a regular basis and officers come and run people off, but it's not enough.

They told FOX23 they tried getting barriers put in blocking the street so people can't get back there, but that plan has so far been shot down by city officials who say the barriers would cause a fire hazard.

One officer suggested the best solution might be to put a gate at the front of the neighborhood so only residents can get in.

The homeowners association president said after the skull incident, they will be considering any and all options to keep people out.

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Mayor Maynot - 10/5/2013 3:13 AM
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Sad sickening disgusting and heartbreaking. Condolences to friends and family of this lost one. Here's to a speedy capture and long incarceration of the perpetrators once they're known and convicted.
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