Family questions cause of storm victim’s death

WEWOKA, Okla. – Officially the death toll from last week’s storms stands at 20 but the family of one of those victims questions that number.

They said they don’t believe their loved one died from the storms.

In a grassy ditch in Wewoka, authorities found 40-year-old Brandie Perry dead, her body lying in just a few inches of water.

The state medical examiner’s office claims the death is the result of last week’s storms; Perry’s mother said she is sure that’s wrong.

“I’m pretty sure because there wasn’t a storm down there that day,” Bonnie Barker said. “No one else in the area died from the storm. I don’t know how they got she was a storm victim.”

Officials at the Seminole County sheriff’s office said there were no reports of flood damage in the area.

They don’t suspect foul play but they also doubt the storm can be blamed for Perry’s death.

Perry lived in a travel trailer just a few feet away from where her body was found.

Perry had a troubled past including problems with drugs.

“I hope she wasn’t murdered,” Barker said. “I’m not sure. Someone said she overdosed on pills. I don’t know. I just know she fell and hit her head and drowned.”

Whatever led to Perry’s death, this isn’t the family’s first brush with tragedy.

Riding her bike home one day in 1997, 10-year-old Amber Barker vanished and remains missing to this day.

Bonnie Barker is now left to cope with the mysterious death of a second daughter.

“I’m just about through with it,” Barker said. “I can’t hardly take it.”

The state M.E.’s office didn’t respond to a request for more information on Perry’s case.

The family said they have to wait 30 days for toxicology reports to be finished.

That may shed more light on the death.