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Body found near creek marks first murder in Paul’s Valley in 10 years

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. – Pauls Valley police are investigating the city’s first murder in a decade.

Early Tuesday morning police recovered the body of a 22-year-old victim along Rush Creek, near downtown Paul’s Valley.

Police said it appears the crime started as a fight between a group of young men along the creek.

“This is a small town and quiet neighborhood,” Cathy Brinley said. “It’s a big surprise to find out they found the body back there.”

Brinley owns the land around where the body was found.

Police said the victim is Jerry Lytle.

“From my understanding there was an altercation between the young men at Rush Creek and that’s where we later located the body of Mr. Lytle,” Pauls Valley police chief Mitch McGill said.

After the fight turned deadly, another victim called police to a Love’s along I-35 and alerted them to the crime.

Police won’t say how the victim died or what led up to the deadly altercation.

The OSBI has been called in to assist the investigation

Pauls Valley police said they do have some suspects in mind but no arrests have yet been made.