Authorities find buckets of human remains in Garvin County pond

Posted on: 5:55 pm, August 10, 2012, by , updated on: 06:25pm, August 10, 2012


ELMORE CITY, Okla. — State investigators are waiting for the medical examiner to positively identify human remains found in an Elmore City pond.

Authorities arrested a man who admitted to killing his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation officials said, “A witness not to the murder itself but to some of the items that were used in the murder and perhaps some of the blood from the murder victim” came forward with details about possible evidence in the crime.

Investigators obtained a search warrant and found blood smears and other evidence at Hammer’s property east of Elmore City and arrested him.

What Hammer admitted to is stunning.

“He had cut up the victim’s body, put the body parts in five-gallon buckets along with cement and water and put them in a nearby pond,” OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said.

Authorities drained the pond and found buckets they believe contain the remains of Hammer’s girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend.

“It’s just a weird deal, you know,” Neighbor Clyde Balentine said. “One of them weird things that happen and you can’t explain it.”

“It is certainly a disturbing case. Someone who will not only murder but will also dismember to discard a body,” Brown said. “That’s certainly a very dangerous situation and I’m glad we have this person off the streets.”