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Body found in burned car identified as missing Cherokee County teen

Posted at 8:29 AM, Jul 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-28 16:59:29-04

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Okla. — A family's desperate search for their missing 18-year-old Braeden Collins started when his mother reported his disappearance to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department in early July.

There are two persons of interest in custody. Deputies told 2 News his mother told them Collins went to a party in the Woodall area Saturday night.

“He’d gotten into some physical altercation with a group of males at the party, he’d left not far from this scene he had a crash in his vehicle,” Jason Chennault, Cherokee County Sheriff said.

Deputies said his mother told them Collins said he would get a ride to The Logstore, where he was supposed to meet them early Sunday morning, but they said he never arrived. Peggy Philpott, an employee at The Logstore said she was there when his family went looking for him.

“About 3:00 o’clock a family member came in and was asking, showing his pictures asking if we recognized him knew anything of course we hadn’t heard anything, so we let them put pictures and flyers up around the store area,” Peggy Philpott said.

Chennault said the next morning deputies discovered a burned car within five miles of that crash.

“They found a burnt vehicle with a burned body inside. We don’t know positively that this was Mr. Collins, but due to the area where this vehicle was located, in close proximity to the party site and the crash we believe is probably him,” Chennault said.

2 News reached out to Braeden's family, but they declined to comment.

Sheriff Chennault said one person of interest, Kiah John Pritchett, is now in Muskogee County Jail. Cherokee County officers later arrested Bradley Eugene Davis, also known as Bradley Medford, at a Days Inn in Tahlequah and he is in custody.

Investigators confirmed the body was Collins in late July.

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