FORT SUPPLY — Bones found about a mile southwest of Fort Supply were in the vicinity of where volunteers once searched for 6-year-old Logan Tucker, officials said.
Three teenage boys found the bones Tuesday around dusk while hunting with bows. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has not confirmed the bones are human, said Stan Florence, OSBI inspector. The state agency is waiting for the state's medical examiner's report, he said.
Joe Cox, Fort Supply police chief, said he thinks the bones are likely human.
Fort Supply police were on the scene Tuesday evening and overnight securing the site where the bones were found, Cox said.
Cox said he couldn't comment on any specifics or if the bones might be those of Logan, who has been missing since 2002. Logan lived in Woodward with his mother and younger brother when he went missing.
Fort Supply is about 13 miles northwest of Woodward.
"That was a potential area from where Logan Tucker may have been at one time," Florence said.
No clothing was found with the bones, Florence said. The remains were found in an area that includes fields and cedar trees. Florence said he could not say if the bones were small enough to be those of a child.
Logan was last seen June 23, 2002. He was determined to be missing after a family member asked the sheriff's office to check on the welfare of him and his 4-year-old brother.
Katherine Rutan, Logan's mother, was convicted in October 2007 of first-degree murder and is serving a life sentence, despite the fact that a body has never been found.
Rutan denied killing her son. She said Logan went away with a relative and she never saw him again.
Les Morton, former Woodward County sheriff, said in a 2008 interview that Rutan told 15 different stories of what happened to Logan. The children had become an issue for Rutan's former boyfriend who wanted them out of his home, Morton said.
Justin Daggett, Logan's younger brother, testified during his mother's trial that she carried Logan from a house to her car and that Logan was pale, slumped forward and not moving.
He also told interviewers that his mother placed tape over Logan's eyes and mouth before driving them to an abandoned house west of Fort Supply Lake. Justin said his mother carried Logan into a house and then drove off without him.
Justin Daggett was taken into custody by the Department of Human Services after his brother was determined to be missing.
Authorities have searched for Tucker's body over the years, including a search of the Woodward landfill for several months in 2006.