Officials give few details on body found From Staff Reports

Updated July 19, 2003 11:35 PM

Story last updated by The Daily Ardmoreite
at 2:24 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 1999

TISHOMINGO -- The body of an unidentified person was found about 8:45 a.m. Monday during a concentrated search.

An unofficial report that the body found Monday could be a 35-year-old Russett man missing since July 19 could not be confirmed by Johnston County Sheriff Jon Smith.

The official cited circumstances surrounding the ongoing investigation for his refusal to comment. Declining to give a location, Smith said the body was found by El Reno policeman John Cline using his specially-trained cadaver dog.

Cline was called in to aid in the search for Dan Briscoe, a 35-year-old Johnston County resident reported missing on July 22, three days after he was last seen along the Washita River near Russett.

Cline's dog located the body, which was recovered and sent to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner in Oklahoma City for an autopsy. Johnston County Undersheriff James Gastineau had earlier classified as rumor a report that the body was found in a silo along the river.

Briscoe was last seen around 6 p.m. in an area near the Washita River. Smith mobilized an extensive ground, air and water search following the initial report. Since that time, officials have maintained a reporting system and made periodic appeals for residents to report any information they might have concerning the missing man.

Two citizen reports were investigated shortly after Aug. 1.