McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

July 10, 2013

Search continues for missing woman

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER —

Investigators are still pursuing leads as the search continues for the remains of a Pittsburg County woman who disappeared one year ago.
Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Department officers and volunteers from the Crime Scene Archaeology Recovery Group  scoured a dump site in Dow on Tuesday searching for the remains of Barbara Ann Durant.
Barbara Ann Durant, 54, has been listed in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center as an endangered person since she was reported missing July 10, 2013
“We did recover a number of bones that will be analyzed to rule out human remains,” said PCSO Investigator Tommy Lyons. 
He said recovery group volunteer members Kent Buehler, an archeologist with the University of Oklahoma; osteologist Angela Berg of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner; osteologist Kimberly Bowens, Michael Shay and Elizabeth Williamson worked hard in the heat of the day in their search.
“They said they’ll be back to help us continue the search,” Lyons aid.
“I fully appreciate their efforts and hard work. They were very well organized.”
Lyons said when the search resumes he hopes to have more manpower and more equipment to make the search  move faster.
The investigation into the disappearance of Durant has been ongoing since she was reported missing July 10 last year. She was last seen July 7, 2012, with a man with whom she was reportedly living. 
Durant is described as white with red hair and brown eyes, 5-feet 2-inches tall and weighing 140 pounds.
Sheriff Joel Kerns said he is investigating strong leads he has received over the last few days that could bring more information into the investigation. 
Anyone with information about Durant can contact the sheriff’s department at 918-423-5858. Kerns said tips can also be sent anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 866-970-8477 or texted to 274637 with TIPS4U as the first word of the text. Web tips can also be given at www.tip2.us. 
Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.