Bache Red Oak Cemetery

DERRICK JAMES | Staff photo

An investigation remained underway Friday in a homicide case involving the Bache Red Oak Cemetery after the body of a man the sheriff's office has identified as Bob Dalpoas, 49, of Haileyville, was found Thursday in the rural cemetery.

A homicide victim whose body was found Thursday at Bache Red Oak Cemetery has been identified as Bob Dalpoas, 49, of Haileyville, Sheriff Chris Morris said Friday.

Dalpoas was identified through his fingerprints by the State Medical Examiner's office, Morris said.

A probe into the death remains underway.

"We're going to continue our investigation," the sheriff said.

The body of Dalpoas, who appeared to have been beaten and whose body was set on fire, was found early Thursday, the sheriff said.

"A person who was visiting the Bache Red Oak found the body," Morris said.

The sheriff's office asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to help examine the crime scene and assist with the probe into the homicide. The State Medical Examiner's Office also traveled to the Bache Red Oak Cemetery on Thursday after the body was found.

Bache Red Oak Cemetery is about 9 miles east of McAlester, approximately a mile north of U.S Highway 270. The cemetery is near the intersection of Red Oak Cemetery Road and Ashley Road.

Law enforcement officers are seeking help from the public. Anyone with information that could be helpful is asked to contact the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office 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.

Also, the McAlester Police Department investigated a January homicide. Police have made an arrest and charges have been filed in that case as well.

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James Beaty is senior editor at the McAlester News-Capital