TULSA, Okla — The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office announced the identified human remains found on Sunday are of missing Turley man Jack Grimes.
Deputies say they got a 911 call from hunters around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. The hunters were tracking a deer when they found human remains along the tree line near East 56th Street North and North Lewis Avenue.
Officers set up a perimeter around the area to investigate. TCSO says there were signs of trauma to the remains and couldn't tell if the remains were a man or a woman at the time.
TSCO now confirms the found remains are Grimes, and the case is now being investigated as a homicide.
Grimes and friend Dwayne Selby have been missing since October. Family members said they were told Grimes and Selby were going to a horse show in Fort Worth, TX. However, Grimes car, a maroon Ford Taurus, was found at Mowhawk Park in Tulsa last Thursday.
“We literally thought Jack and Dwayne had been in an accident in some small town between here and Fort Worth, was probably in the hospital, didn’t have their telephones," said Carol Selby, Parton's daughter-in-law and Selby's sister-in-law,
Glenda "Cookie" Parton, Selby's mother, is also missing. She was last heard from on Oct. 25, the Monday after Grimes and Selby were reported missing.
Carol Selby spoke with 2 News Oklahoma about the investigation. She said the family is shocked by what's happened. Carol said she last spoke to Parton on Monday. She said Parton went to see someone in Claremore Monday morning. Surveillance video then shows her at a grocery store with a man, who was questioned and released by TCSO. Carol said he is a ranch hand who worked for Grimes. She said, after going home, Parton then traveled to Turley Monday afternoon.
“She was concerned about the dogs having food and that the horses have everything they needed and all this while we were in search of Jack and Dwayne," Carol said.
Carol said Grimes and Selby were in the horse business together. She said they lived together in a house not far from where Grimes remains were found.
“So he [Jack] looked out for Cookie as much as he did Dwayne," Carol said. "And the same for Dwayne. He worried about Jack. You know, they took care of each other and they took care of Cookie.”
Investigators have called this case "bizarre." They said there have been many challenges, including misleading information online.
“Misleading or putting out theories or things like that can damage a case," said Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado. "And again, more importantly, can impact a family with false hope. And that’s not what we want to do.”
Detectives say there is still a lot of searching and evidence still to go. They are asking for the public's help. Anyone with information on Grimes or any of the additional missing Turley person cases is asked to call the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office tip line at 918-596-8836. You can also email a tip to email@example.com.
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