Pittsburg County law enforcement officers were trying to determine the identity of a body found in the Bache Red Oak Cemetery on Thursday, with the matter being investigated as a homicide.
"We got a call that there was a deceased white male in the Bache Red Oak Cemetery," said Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris.
The sheriff said there was trauma to the body of the male, who appeared to have been beaten. The body was also partially burned, Morris said. He said the victim appeared to be from about 40-to-55 years-old, although the precise age has not been determined.
Morris said the body was found early Thursday in the middle of a road inside the cemetery.
"A person who was visiting the Bache Red Oak Cemetery found the body," Morris said.
The Bache Red Oak Cemetery is approximately 9 miles east of McAlester, about a mile north of U.S. Highway 270, at Red Oak Cemetery Road and Ashley Road.
Morris said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was contacted to assist in examining the crime scene and the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's office was also called to the site.
The Sheriff said law enforcement officers are seeking more information. He's asking the public to assist by contacting the sheriff's office if anyone knows of anybody missing who fits the general description of the deceased individual.
The Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office can be reached at 918-423-5858.
Morris said this is the fourth homicide investigation this year for his office. The sheriff's office has made arrests and the District 18 District Attorney's office has filed charges in the other three homicide cases investigated by the sheriff's office in 2019.
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