He wanted to drive to her, but the road to 7-Eleven from their house was a parking lot. People searching for loved ones had just parked their cars in the street and left.
But he needed to get to “Curls,” the nickname he gave Megan for her curly blond hair. So Cody and his neighbor walked, ran and jogged almost three miles through mud and debris and chaos to that 7-Eleven.
He continued to tell himself everything was going to be OK — until he got over a hill near Little River Park, only about one-tenth of a mile from the 7-Eleven.
“And everything was just gone,” he said. “The trees looked like toothpicks. There was nothing on them. Just poles sitting up in the air. ... And of course, the 7-Eleven sign is gone, and everything is just flat.”
‘He looks just like me'
Cody found an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who asked him to sit in the trooper's truck while he got the medical examiner.
The medical examiner started asking him questions. “Does she have any tattoos?”
This is the point where he knew something was wrong. Megan had a shooting star tattoo that went across her stomach. The next question: “Does she have any bracelets?
Cody had just bought her a Pandora bracelet with charms as a “push gift” — a gift fathers give new mothers as a “thank you” for pushing through the delivery. She always had bracelets on.
He asked Cody about the baby. “He looks just like me, except for he's a baby,” Cody told him.
The medical examiner walked away with the trooper for a moment. Cody watched as he stood at the back of the truck, took off his cowboy hat and started shaking his head.
“There are 800 different variables that could have happened,” Cody said. “I've played it over in my head a billion times, and then you finally come to the realization there's nothing you could have done.”
When the first responders found Megan Futrell, she was still holding Case. And when it was time to bury Megan and Case, the family bought only one casket and buried them together.
That's what Megan would have wanted. She always wanted to be with her boys.
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