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Body discovered by creek bank may be missing Oklahoma man

WILLIAMS, EUGENE

BESSIE, Okla. – Authorities say a body that was found along a creek bank in Washita County may be that of a missing man.

Eugene Williams was reported missing on March 2 after making a series of phone calls, saying he was trapped in a canyon.

Officials say Williams had wrecked his car on March 1 and walked to a nearby home in the area.

The homeowners told Williams they were calling the sheriff’s department, so he left the property.

Around 1 a.m. on March 2, he called his mother in Elk City, asking for the phone number to the Beckham County Sheriff’s Office.

Williams called the sheriff’s office and told deputies he had fallen into a canyon and stepped in about two feet of water.

He told authorities he needed to hang up in order to crawl out of the canyon.

A short time later, deputies discovered his car but did not find any signs of a canyon or Williams.

The Washita County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the Bessie Fire Department, Custer County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office to search for the missing man.

On Monday afternoon, crews discovered a body almost two miles from where Williams’ car was found.

Now, officials are waiting on the medical examiner to identify the remains.