POCOLA — 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.
Burke said police told her “She looked like she just sat down to rest and died.”
Pocola police officer John Limbocker said Poole's body was found about noon. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation personnel were called in and transferred Poole to the state medical examiner's office to determine a cause of death, Limbocker said.
Burke described her mother as a loving parent who loved children, and as a devoted Christian who cherished singing at church.
Poole attended Union Baptist Church for decades. Though her memory and health faded over time, she never forgot the songs she sang, Burke said.
“She didn't know her day of the week but she'd start her day wanting to know if it was Sunday,” Burke said.