An anthropologist from the state medical examiner's office is examining skeletal remains of two adults and a child found in a rugged, mountainous area of Latimer County over the weekend.
A husband, wife and daughter scouting out the area for deer hunting found the remains three miles from the spot where a missing family's pickup was found four years ago, said Jesse James, Latimer County sheriff.
At the time of the Jamison family's disappearance, a massive search was launched to no avail.
Bobby and Sherilyn Jamison and their daughter, Madyson, 6, were reported missing in October 2009 while looking for a plot of land for sale in the Sansbois Mountains in northern Latimer County.
State medical examiner's spokeswoman Amy Elliott said the examination of the remains is a detailed process that may take some time to complete. The remains were found Saturday in northern Latimer County, south of Kinta, about 40 miles northeast of McAlester.
The anthropologist will work with an odontologist and the forensic pathologist to try to make a positive identification using dental records, Elliott said.
If that turns up no matches, DNA will be taken from the remains and checked against DNA of presumed relatives.
If still no matches are found, information about the remains will be entered into the missing person database.
Gary Perkinson, an OSBI assistant special agent, said nothing was found with the remains that sheds light on the identities.
Eight days after the family was last seen alive, Bobby Jamison's pickup was found abandoned at a well site.
His wallet, Sherilyn Jamison's purse, a cellphone, a GPS unit, clothing and a bank bag stuffed with $32,000 were found in the pickup. The family dog was also in the vehicle, barely alive.
The Jamisons' disappearance generated national media attention and spawned several websites dedicated to updating the case.
One such website claimed the family was sighted in August at an undisclosed location.