Oklahoma law enforcement are investigating the discovery of human remains from what could be an Arkansas City man missing for almost a year.
Family members said Tuesday they had concluded that the remains found are that of Quinten Rouch.
Rouch’s mother, Charissa Satterlee, and aunt, Jennifer Hatfield, are basing their confirmation on specific information given to them, linking to Quinten.
Hatfield said Tuesday that Quinten Rouch had been found, but that the family would wait to release any further information until the examiner’s confirmed it was him.
Authorities have not provided a possible identity of the found remains, which included 80 bones now in the hands of medical examiners.
Rouch was last seen along U.S. Highway 77 in Ponca City, Okla., with two individuals in the early morning hours of May 9, 2018, according to a missing persons report, which stated they might have been hitchhiking.
Rouch, 20, studied at Cowley College and was a former tech at Columbia Elevator Products, according to his Facebook page.
A candlelight vigil for Rouch had been scheduled for the anniversary of him missing on May 9 at Wilson Park.
The discovery occurred Friday, when Kay County dispatch received a call around 3 p.m. about a person finding what they thought to be human bones in the city limits of Kaw City, Okla., according to authorities.
Kay County investigators John Grimes and Sgt. Lewain Learned arrived at a heavily-wooded area behind a residential area in Kaw City and quickly confirmed that the bones were, in fact, human. An immediate area of 40,000 square feet was cordoned off and an investigation was started, according to a Kay County Sheriff press release.
Most of the Kay County department deputies and reserve deputies were called in to help due to the size of the scene and for security needs, the release states. Local agencies were deployed to the scene and assisted in the investigation. The Ponca City Police Department assisted in the initial scene set up and resources.
Law enforcement searched the area until late Friday night, continuing at daylight Saturday morning, Kay County Sheriff Steve Kelley said. They searched mostly on hands and knees, digging and canvassing the residential area.
The few residents who live in the area year-round had statements taken, Kelley said, most of the other properties are unoccupied until summer due to them being vacation houses.
Newkirk and Kay City fire departments used truck lights to illuminate search areas. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the state’s medical examiner were notified, but not available until Monday, the release states.
Approximately 80 bones were discovered and collected suring a 24-hour process. Grimes then packaged and labeled the items for the medical examiner to inspect. The investigation of the scene concluded Saturday afternoon.
The medical examiner’s office will attempt to identify the remains and notify the sheriff’s department when the results are available, the release states.