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Missing Pocola woman's body found in dry creek bed

Ruby Poole, 74, of Pocola, OK, went missing Oct. 17 from the eastern Oklahoma town near the Arkansas state line. Her daughter said authorities located Poole's body Saturday in Pocola.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: November 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm •  Published: November 4, 2012
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The body of a 74-year-old woman missing for several weeks was found Saturday in a dry creek bed, her family confirmed.

Ruby Poole went missing on Oct. 17 after she wandered off from a relative's home in the eastern Oklahoma town, her daughter, Leslye Burke, said Sunday. Poole had dementia and required medication.

Burke learned from authorities Saturday evening that her mother's body had been found in the creek bed in Pocola by an individual walking in the area, she said. A bridge would have obscured the view of drivers looking for Poole, Burke said.

It's not clear what happened, but foul play isn't suspected, police said.

“Nothing was missing, like her jewelry and money,” she said. “Everything seemed to be intact.”

Pocola police officer John Limbocker said Poole's body was found about noon Saturday. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation personnel were called in, and the body was taken to the state medical examiner's office to determine a cause of death, Limbocker said.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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