Broken Arrow man uses plane to find aunt who died during missing person search

Posted at 5:41 PM, Oct 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-13 19:08:17-04

TULSA, Okla. -- Bryan Adair got the call earlier this week that his aunt Dixie went missing after leaving a Kansas casino.

Officers believe the 86-year-old left her car after it got stuck on a rural dirt road. Adair flew out Thursday to search, and spotted her vehicle on the Oklahoma border. Later that day, her body was found. 

"It took about an hour to find her from where we thought she was on the dirt road, because she was at the end of the abandoned road. A real muddy road that nobody looked down. And the car was parked there in the mud," Adair said.

Jen Wells helped Adair with the search before calling law enforcement.

"It was kind of bizarre, especially walking up to the car, because we didn't want to touch it. We didn't know what had happened. Then we thought, 'Well, what if she's in it?' So we walked up there and thank goodness she wasn't but it didn't turn out in a positive way really," she said.

Officers brought out drones, bloodhounds and a tracking team, ultimately confirming the worst.

"My cousin was really upset. It was his mother. He wanted to find her. And we wanted to find her, but a little differently than that," Adair said.

The county coroner is working to determine if there was any foul play in this case.

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