BETHANY, Okla. – Authorities say they do not believe that a third body found near Lake Overholser is connected to two others that were found in the past couple of weeks.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, dispatchers with the Oklahoma City Police Department received a call about a possible body at Lake Overholser. When officers and firefighters arrived, they were able to pull the body of a young man from the water.
On Monday, the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office told News 4 the man has been identified as 18-year-old Kelvin Perez-Lopez. At this point, no other information about his death is being released.
One week later, on March 2, another body was found the along the shoreline. Oklahoma City Police haven’t identified the second victim yet, but described him as a possible teenager or young adult who was partially clothed with no visible signs of trauma.
On Tuesday, police received a call about the body of a man found in a field near Lake Overholser.
Authorities say a person riding on horseback through a field spotted the body and called 911 shortly before 2 p.m. The body was found in a field about 200 yards from the lake's bicycle path.
"At that time, Oklahoma City and Bethany police responded. Once officers got here, we determined that it was going to be in our jurisdiction, so we started the investigation," said Bethany Police Lt. Angelo Orefice. "We're looking for obvious signs of trauma, but we didn't see anything at this point. But because of the elements, that it's been so cold lately, we haven't been able to determine that."
Officials say the man was possibly in his 50s or 60s, but they would have to wait for the medical examiner to determine the man's manner and cause of death.
Orefice told News 4 that they do not believe that the third body has anything to do with the other two that were found in the past couple of weeks.
Lt. Orefice confirmed that the first two victims did know each other, adding that one of them is connected to a missing persons case out of Bethany.
However, no other information has been released.