Tulsa police: Bodies of two children found in river, creek identified as missing children


TULSA, Okla. (KFOR) – The bodies of two children found in a river and creek in northeast Oklahoma earlier this week were identified as two children who went missing last week, police announced.

Late Tuesday night, Muskogee and Wagoner County Emergency Management recovered a female child’s body from the Verdigris River.

The second child’s body was found in Bird Creek in Tulsa on Wednesday evening.

On Friday, Chief Wendell Franklin with the Tulsa Police Department confirmed that the bodies found were that of 3-year-old Miracle Crook and 2-year-old Tony Crook.

Miracle and Tony Crook
Miracle and Tony Crook

Franklin says the discovery was heartbreaking, but “this is closure.”

Authorities say Miracle and Tony were last seen near the Shoreline Apartments in Tulsa on May 22.

The children were seen just minutes earlier with their mother, Donisha Willis, at a nearby convenience store.

About 30 minutes later that morning, a witness saw the children at the apartment with Willis.

She was found passed out on the couch by police at the apartment.

She allegedly became “verbally abusive,” KJRH reports, saying she didn’t care when asked where the children were.

Lt. John Adams said Willis would not give any information on the whereabouts of the children and refused to cooperate.

Tulsa police say they searched the area using K-9s, the dive team, helicopters, and more.

“We’ve spoken to the father and the mother and did not get any additional information,” Tulsa police said earlier this week. “We know that many people have asked about the Amber Alert, and it has been addressed in many posts. Since we don’t have a suspect we cannot use an Amber Alert and we don’t control the system.”

On Monday, Tulsa police stopped vehicles entering and leaving the complex, and talked to every resident.

Surveillance video shows the children in front of the complex and walking alone around 10:15 a.m. on May 22.

On Tuesday afternoon, Tulsa police provided a heartbreaking update on the search for the children.

Investigators said they found another surveillance camera from the west side of the apartment complex that captured an image of the children.

“The video along the west side of the complex shows Mingo Creek here. The video further goes on to show that the children are on the video, they are seen playing in the grassy area along that creek area. And we do have video of the kids going down the embankment, holding hands together and never reappearing,” said Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin.

Officials said that their search then shifted to a “recovery effort.”

Investigators say that storms moving through the area caused high water in the creek, adding that there was no other spot where the children could have climbed out of the creek.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol brought their flat bottomed air boat to search the creek, and the Tulsa Fire Department used sonar equipment to search the area.

“When they didn’t come back up from that embankment, we knew what we were dealing with,” Franklin said on Friday.

Willis was booked into the Tulsa County Jail on a complaint of assault and battery on a police officer after former conviction of a felony (AFCF) and child neglect AFCF.

Donisha Willis

“I say, if you have little ones, go home and hug them,” said Franklin. “You don’t take your eyes off of your children. Understand that you as a parent, you are there to ensure that that individual grows up to become a thriving member of our society.”

The Tulsa County district attorney’s office will review the case to determine what or if additional charges will be filed.

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