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Man missing after disappearing during hike near eastern Oklahoma lake

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SEQUOYAH COUNTY, Okla. – A man is missing after disappearing during a hike near an eastern Oklahoma lake.

On June 21st, authorities say Matthew Fagan, 23, was hiking with friends near Lake Tenkiller when he decided to turn back.

“About 20 minutes into the hike he turns and looks at us and says he’s going to turn back to the car because his ankles were hurting,” Michael Snelling, who was on the hike with Fagan, told Fox 23.

When the rest of the hikers returned to the car, Fagan was no where to be found.

“We sat there for a good 30 or 40 minutes hollering his name,” Snelling said.

Fagan’s friends called deputies, who started searching right away.

Unfortunately, Fagan is still missing.

Friends told Fox 23 that this isn’t the first time Fagan has disappeared.

They say that he was upset that his girlfriend recently broke up with him.

Crews called off the search Thursday, June 23rd, due to the heat.

“The heat is not in our favor” Sequoyah County chief deputy Charles House told KFSM. “If he is out here and hurt and not mobile, he may be stranded out here. If he’s out in this heat, he is going to be dehydrated, exhausted and probably not even coherent.”

Authorities told KTUL that, at this time, they aren’t ruling out foul play.

“It’s hard to say. I don’t want to speculate because I could go either way. Do I believe there possibly could be some foul play involved? Absolutely,” Deputy Charles House told KTUL.

House said that during the search, dogs and deputies did not find any evidence that suggests Fagan is still in the woods.

Authorities say that some of the people who went hiking with Fagan have different accounts of what happened.

“Stories are conflicting, anywhere from when they got there to what they did after they left, to where they went, to who did what,” House said.

If you have information about Fagan’s whereabouts, you are asked to call the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department at (918)775-9156.