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OSBI investigating human remains found in Eufaula

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The state of the remains indicated they were likely disturbed by coyotes, according to the police chief, who said he believes them to be that of a man. (KTUL)

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into human remains that were found in Eufaula Sunday afternoon.

Eufaula Police Chief Don Murray says the remains were found around 5 p.m. in a heavily wooded area in the northern part of the community. The man who found them was looking for mushrooms, Murray said.

The state of the remains indicated they were likely disturbed by coyotes, according to the police chief, who said he believes them to be that of a man.

It's not clear how the person died but investigators are treating it as a homicide.

Murray says he strongly believes it was a transient who may not be from the area.

"We have people that come to our lake constantly from out of state. Kansas, Missouri, Texas," said Murray.

The discovery gave hope to some members of the community with a missing loved one. Richard McGuire's sister, Peggy, went missing from the area about a year and a half ago.

"I don't know what else to do," he said. "I pretty much gave up hope of finding her."

But after hearing of the remains that were found Sunday, McGuire says all of the emotions have returned.

"A little bit of relief, sadness and then anger," he said.

Murray says he wishes he had good news for families like the McGuires.

"In your heart, you want to be able to tell them yes, we have found your family member," said Murray.

Elsewhere in Oklahoma, a spokesperson for the state medical examiner's office says remains of a long-missing man were also recovered over the weekend in Hughes County. Tommy Raymond Eastep was last seen in 2013. His cause and manner of death are pending.

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