Remains of missing Bartlesville man discovered

OSAGE COUNTY, Okla. - Authorities believe human remains found in a field are those of a missing 62-year-old Bartlesville man.

Osage County deputies say a bowhunter found the body of Timothy Hauser on Saturday afternoon.

According to deputies, Hauser was last seen alive walking out of an area casino on the evening of Aug. 9.

Investigators do not believe Hauser was alone on that night. They say Trysta Shaffer, 28, and Rusty Petty, 40, both of Bartlesville, were with Hauser.

Deputies suspect Shaffer and Petty were involved in Hauser's disappearance. Shaffer and Petty were charged with robbery in August.

A third suspect, Kathleen Roland, 36, of Bartlesville, was charged with accessory to robbery in November.

On Sunday, investigators with the Osage County Sheriff's Office and the medical examiner's office processed the scene where the body was found.

Deputies originally searched the area back in August,  finding Hauser's wallet on the side of the road. However, they say thick vegetation at the time made it impossible to see everything.

Authorities say they notified the district attorney's office about the discovery of the body. They say murder charges are likely to be filed in the case.

The medical examiner has yet to officially identify the body, a process that could take anywhere from a few days to a few months.
 

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