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Body found in Cherokee County identified as missing veteran

Posted at 7:24 AM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 08:24:51-04

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Okla. -- The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office confirms the body they found Saturday to be Roger Quinn Jr., a veteran whose family says went missing weeks ago.

His mother, Darlene Allensworth, took to social media and flyers asking if anyone saw her son, after she hadn't heard from him and his social media accounts were quiet for weeks.

Deputies say hunters spotted Quinn's backpack in a rural area of the county last week. 

The following Saturday residents in the same area found the 28-year-old's body in a wooded area, about a mile away from the backpack. Authorities believed this was Quinn's body because of matching tattoo descriptions given by his mother.

Authorities say Quinn was walking several miles to a rehab facility in the Afton area, and they believe the Oklahoma heat was a factor in his death.

The Medical Examiner's Office was able to identify Quinn Monday morning using fingerprint technology, but they still need to determine the cause of death.

The Sheriff's Office says they don't believe any foul play was involved.

Quinn served in the National Guard for several years, according to his mother.

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