Stephens County bones could be 1,000 years old

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — A Stephens County rancher was on his leased land working Tuesday near Mud Creek when he made a surprising discovery.

By TONI HOPPER, AP Published: January 7, 2013
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“It's way back in there, really hard to get to. It took a four-wheeler. We requested the forensic archaeologists.”

McKinney, who was sworn in Wednesday to serve his second four year term as sheriff, is familiar with having human remains found on rural land.

About May 14, 2011, another set of remains was found near Central High at Nine Mile Road between Plato and Camelback roads. The body was collected and turned over to the state medical examiner's office. McKinney said Wednesday, that about six months ago, he received word back the remains were identified as the missing person they suspected it to be.

“It was who we thought it was,” he said Wednesday. He identified that person as Richard Burton. At the time of discovery, McKinney expected the person to be identified through dental work.

“There are several Richard Burton's in the area.” This man's date of birth was Nov. 28, 1972.

“We have not been able to locate any next of kin on him,” he said.