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Pickup belonging to missing Goldsby man is found in Oklahoma City

A pickup belonging to Bill Shipley, a Goldsby man who has been missing for more than a year, was found Tuesday evening in Oklahoma City, investigators said.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: August 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm •  Published: August 15, 2012

Investigators have found a pickup belonging to a man who went missing more than a year ago after leaving his Goldsby home to work on several out-of-state house painting jobs.

Bill Shipley withdrew more than $3,000 from an ATM in Goldsby before leaving for jobs in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. He was never seen again.

McClain County Undersheriff Bill Shobe said the pickup Shipley was driving, a 2002 Chevy S-14 crew cab, was found Tuesday evening in the Oklahoma City area.

“There was no sign of him,” Shobe said. “That's what I want. I want him. We have the truck secured and are processing it.”

Shobe said investigators hope to find some evidence that will lead them to Shipley, who was 47 when he disappeared. It took family members a month to report Shipley missing because they thought he was out-of-state working.

When investigators arrived at Shipley's mobile home, they found the doors open and a shed unlocked.

One of his vehicles, a 1988 Jeep Comanche, was found Aug. 20, 2011, at an Oklahoma City apartment complex. Equipment including a generator and two airless paint sprayers were missing from the pickup.

Deputies have released a composite sketch and surveillance video of a man considered a person of interest in the case.

The man used Shipley's credit cards Aug. 12, 2011, at a gas station and steak house in Norman and at a Home Depot in Oklahoma City a day later.

That man is white, about 50 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 250 pounds. He has short, light brown hair and a medium complexion.

Anyone with information about the case can call the McClain County sheriff's office at (405) 527-2141.

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