Body found in RMC as Sheriff’s Department searched for wreck victim

Two days after Roger Mills County Sheriff Darren Atha called for the public’s help locating a 51-year-old Elk City man who had not been found after deputies discovered a one-vehicle accident the man was believed to be in, the story appears to have turned tragic after a nearby landowner discovered a deceased male approximately one-quarter mile from the crash site. 

The investigation began on the morning of Sunday, June 30, when RMCSO deputies and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers responded to a one-vehicle accident just northeast of Grimes, located in southwest Roger Mills County.

Law enforcement located an overturned vehicle. However, the driver, who was later identified as Todd Tomlinson, was not located.

“We searched the area and observed physical evidence indicating the driver walked a short distance and then was probably picked up by someone he knew or another driver who happened upon the area,” Sheriff Atha wrote.

Law enforcement continued to search the area and noted that Tomlinson’s family had not heard from him, either.

In the original post still seeking Tomlinson’s whereabouts, the Sheriff stressed that the RMCSO did not anticipate any criminal charges for Tomlinson and that they only wanted to make sure he wasn’t in need of medical attention.

The story appeared to take a tragic note two days later when Sheriff Atha updated his original post.

He wrote, “Earlier today, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, a local landowner discovered a deceased adult male approximately one-quarter mile from the location where Mr. Tomlinson’s vehicle was found crashed Sunday morning.”

The RMCSO and the OHP responded and...

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