Creek Turnpike closes at Peoria/Elm exit after suspicious packages found near toll booth

JENKS, Okla. - The Creek Turnpike in Jenks is reopened after suspicious objects were found early Monday morning.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. George Brown said someone found "a couple of suspicious packages" near the westbound toll booth near the Peoria/Elm exit.

The OHP Bomb Squad  X-rayed the packages, which Oklahoma Turnpike Authority spokesman Jack Damrill described as suitcases.

Officials say nothing out of the ordinary was inside the suitcases.  They have since been cleared and removed from the area.

Westbound traffic was diverted to the Peoria/Elm exit while the lanes were closed.

The turnpike is now reopened and traffic has returned to normal.

Officials say around 9:30 a.m., OHP dispatchers received a call from the luggage's owner, who said she was en route to Fort Worth, Texas when she realized her suitcases had fallen from the back of her truck.

Surveillance video showed a good Samaritan moving the suitcases to a nearby walkway.  A witness then called OHP, saying they saw a person place the suitcases at the toll plaza.

Personal information inside the suitcases helped authorities identify the owner.  It has since been returned to the family of the owner in Tulsa.

"This is the best outcome we could possibly ask for in this situation," said Brown.  "Although it required some delay for others, we were able to recover some valuable items and return them to their rightful owner.  It's always a bad day when you lose luggage, but with the help of a kind hearted passer by and quick actions by investigating troopers and dispatchers, this person was able to receive their lost valuables and this investigation is considered closed."

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