Teens find body in creek in Muskogee Thursday afternoon, police investigating

Posted at 3:21 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 22:58:48-04

MUSKOGEE, Okla. -- Police have preliminarily identified the body found in a Muskogee creek as 55-year-old Deborah Brooks.

Police say children were playing near a creek at the Riverside mobile home park when they discovered the body.

According to officials, the body was found badly decomposed.

Police have handed the body over to the medical examiner’s officer to determine the cause of death.

The cross around David McMillian's neck is a symbol of strength as he copes with the loss of his friend and neighbor Deborah Brooks.

“She was a God-fearing person so you go to hell when, I mean I'm Catholic,” McMillian said.

He didn’t need a higher power to be convinced she was the victim of foul play. He says she last seen with an unknown man inside a white pick-up truck.

“Arguing with the guy that's the last time her mother seen her,” he said.

Her family— including 2 adult sons in their 30’s— reported Brooks missing March 1st.
A little more than 2 weeks later her body was found floating in a creek behind the Riverside Mobile Home Park. The teenagers that found her body are a 14 and 15 year old old.

The Muskogee Fire Department came out and removed the body from the water with special equipment. They then carried the body up a couple of fairly steep creek beds.

The medical examiner’s office is working to determine a cause of death— until that’s done police say they are not sure if foul play was involved.

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