McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


July 4, 2014

Remains found near Red Oak identified as those of missing Eufaula family

McALESTER — Skeletal remains found last November in a remote area of  Latimer County have now been positively identified as those of a missing Eufaula family.

Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer of the state Medical Examiner’s office in Oklahoma City, confirmed that the skeletal remains were those of Bobby Dale Jamison, his wife, Sherrilynn Jamison, and their daughter, Madyson Jamison, who was 6 when the family went missing in October, 2009.

While the family’s remains have been identified, the cause of death has yet to be determined. Both the cause of death and manner of death are listed as unknown by the Medical Examiner’s office, with incomplete skeletal remains listed as a factor.

After the family had been reported missing in 2009, Bobby Jamison’s pickup truck was found 10 days later at an abandoned gas well site near Red Oak, in a remote area of Latimer County.

Inside the pickup, law enforcement officers found a large amount of cash, a cell phone and the family’s small dog, still alive. Investigators found no other signs of the family at the time, the sheriff said.

A number of law enforcement agencies and volunteers participated in an extensive search in the rugged terrain around the abandoned gas well site. More than 200 individuals participated in the massive search. In addition to those who searched on-foot, others used all-terrain-vehicles or rode horses.

Unmanned drones with photographic equipment flew over the area, according to law enforcement officers.

Despite the massive effort, no more traces of the family were found.

Then, on Nov. 16, 2013, skeletal remains were spotted by a local deer hunter, Latimer County Sheriff Jesse James said at the time.

The remains were found were found 2.7 aerial miles from where Jamison’s truck had been parked when it was found on Oct. 17, 2009, according to James.

Meanwhile, the state Medical Examiner’s office is continuing with its work, with a final report expected to be issued at a later date.

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