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Body of missing woman found near Fort Gibson Lake

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Posted at 12:31 PM, Jun 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-08 20:51:11-04

FT GIBSON LAKE — Searchers located the body of woman missing off a boat on Fort Gibson since this weekend.

The Whitehorn Fire Department Chief said a firefighter responded to help a stranded boat in the James Dennis Creek area, north of Whitehorn Cove Marina, on Fort Gibson Lake. When the firefighter got there a passenger on the boat said a woman was missing from the boat.

Searchers looked for her, but had to pause the search Monday due to weather. Firefighters used the Whitehorn Fire Dept boat to conduct a search in the nearby areas once the rain moved out.

They found her body on Tuesday morning, just before 11:30.

She has been identified as 48-year-old Krista Renee Smith of Wagoner.

Tonya Broyles with the Whitehorn Fire Department said it was a pair of white shorts that could be seen in the water, that led them to her body.

"Her white shorts could be seen just a little ways out from the shore," Broyles said.

Broyles said the body was around eight feet off shore in a wooded area.

The medical examiner will be conducting an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

The FBI will be questioning the person who was on the boat at the time.

The FBI has jurisdiction because of the McGirt ruling, since Smith is Native American.

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