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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Identity of Lincoln County murder victim still sought

  • An autopsy began Friday on a man whose body was found in rural Lincoln County earlier this week, with pathologists finding another distinctive tattoo that could help identify the murder victim.
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  • An autopsy began Friday on a man whose body was found in rural Lincoln County earlier this week, with pathologists finding another distinctive tattoo that could help identify the murder victim.
    Two photos of the man's arm tattoos — initials and a cross — were first released in hopes of generating leads to his identity. A photo of an 8-ball and a skull tattoo, located on the man's calf, was released Friday.
    Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty, who said he believes this case is drug and gang-related, said the investigation points to this involving not only the man's homicide, but a crime spree that included at least three other incidents in rural Lincoln County near Wellston.
    As the investigation continues, deputies are looking for two persons of interest in this case.
    The victim, described as being a white male of unknown age, was shot "execution-style" in the back of the head and had a pillowcase over his head while his ankles and wrists were bound, Dougherty said.
    The body was discovered by passersby Wednesday in an area near Pottawatomie Road and N.E. 150th, which is also 960 Road.
    While autopsy results are awaited from the medical examiner, Dougherty said they are looking to retrieve information from a cell phone that was found near the body and a vehicle also has been impounded as part of the case.
    Dougherty, who has said many of the witnesses interviewed in this investigation so far have been under the influence of drugs since earlier in the week, said the case keeps unfolding and changing.
    Numerous police agencies are probing this case. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, along with the district attorney's Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, are working this case with deputies, Dougherty said, and they've also been working with Del City police and the Oklahoma City gang unit as part of this investigation.
    Anyone who recognizes the victim's tattoos or has more information about the case is asked to call either the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017 or the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 405-258-1191.
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