MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Muskogee Police officers executed a search warrant on an East 73rd Street South on Monday morning in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Muskogee County Sheriff's Office.
The hum of water pumps could be heard from the road as officers hiked back and forth across the abandoned property, occasionally stopping to search in a ruined pool or near the house. Just beyond a pond near the back of the property, where the pumps worked to drain the water, a backhoe sat prepared for excavating.
Police could not offer any information on what they were searching for on the property, however.
"All I can release right now is that we're executing a search warrant," said MPD Public Information Officer Lynn Hamlin, when asked if the officers were in search of a body.
The presence of the construction equipment and water pumps indicated the sort of thorough search typically associated with hunting for a human body.
A similar search took place in July 2018 on a Houston Street property for the body of missing Muskogee woman Kristyn Richerson, who disappeared in May 2018. While the search did not turn up a body, Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge filed a murder charge the day after the search against an unknown suspect.
A list provided to the Muskogee Phoenix by MPD investigators last week described Richerson along with then-16-year-old Jamie McChurin, who disappeared in 1997, as missing and presumed dead.
Officers on scene at the East 73rd Street South property refused to comment further on the search. The application for the search warrant in question had not been filed as of this writing.
This story will be updated as details become available.