Oklahoma tornadoes: Death toll from tornadoes rises to 10; more victims identified

Oklahoma tornadoes: A teenage girl and her boyfriend were among the deceased, along with a 3-year-old Piedmont boy whose body was found Thursday morning.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: May 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm •  Published: May 26, 2011

The death toll from Tuesday's tornadoes has increased to 10 after a missing 3-year-old boy's body was found Thursday morning in a pond near his Piedmont home.

Authorities also confirmed the identities Thursday of two young people killed when a tornado struck in Canadian County near U.S. 66 and Courtney Road.

Cherokee Ballard, spokeswoman for the state medical examiner's office, said Miranda Nycole Bishard, 16, and Austin Hall, 22, were among the deceased.

According to relatives, Bishard, of Helena; Hall, of Enid, and another Helena teen, Stephanie Jones, were in a pickup checking on some horses at Hall's parents' home near El Reno when the tornado hit. Jones was injured but survived.

In Piedmont, the search for Ryan Hamil, 3, came to an end when his body was found on the shore of Lake Falcon near his home in Piedmont. His brother, Cole Hamil, 15 months, also was killed in the storm.

The boys' mother, Catherine, huddled with them and an older sister, Cathleen, in a bathtub as the tornado hit their home near Waterloo Road and N County Line. Catherine and Cathleen Hamil were both seriously injured but are expected to recover.

The medical examiner's office previously confirmed Laron Short, 24, of Chickasha, was killed at her mother's trailer home when a tornado blew a neighboring trailer onto her.

Authorities are still trying to identify three others, a man and two women, who were killed in Canadian County near the Calumet exit of Interstate 40. The tornado blew cars off the road and tore other vehicles apart, leaving the highway littered with car parts.

The same tornado killed a 63-year-old man and 58-year-old woman near Cashion in southwest Logan County. Their names have not been released.

All of the deceased except for Short were killed by one massive tornado that tracked 75 miles from near Binger to the Guthrie area.

At least seven tornadoes struck the state Tuesday, and National Weather Service officials said they expect at least four of them will be rated EF3 or higher, meaning winds were at least 136 to 165 miles per hour.

Miranda Nycole Bishard, 16, of Helena

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