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Family confirms body found in Bird Creek is missing Barnsdall man

Kenneth Hogue
Posted at 5:17 PM, May 11, 2024
and last updated 2024-05-15 12:58:48-04

OSAGE COUNTY, Okla. — The Osage County Sheriff's Office, working with Christian Aid Ministry Search & Rescue, discovered the body of a man in Bird Creek on May 11.

Sheriff Eddie Virden told 2 News at the time that the body found matched the description of missing 81-year-old Wayne Hogue.

Hogue's family confirmed the body found is Wayne Hogue.

Family confirms body found in Bird Creek is missing Barnsdall man

In a post on Facebook, the family thanked everyone for all their help with the search.

Aid workers and volunteers started searching for Hogue after he went missing after the EF4 tornado that came through Barnsdall.

"Every challenge in the world, with the amount of debris, and water levels, and insects to add to everything else, it's been a tough search," Virden said.

The discovery of the man brings the death toll to two in the Barnsdall tornado.

His son, Richard, spoke with 2 News about the final conversation he had with his father.

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