New Report Details Investigation Into Missing Seminole 10-Year-O - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

NEWS

New Report Details Investigation Into Missing Seminole 10-Year-Old Colton Clark

Posted: Updated:
This new report doesn't point fingers at anyone or any agency in particular, but the family says they blame DHS. This new report doesn't point fingers at anyone or any agency in particular, but the family says they blame DHS.
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Oklahoma -

A new report put out by the state commission for Children and Youth outlines the days and months that followed Colton Clark's disappearance.

The 10-year-old went missing in 2006 from the home of his Aunt and Uncle, Rebecca and Rex Clark in Seminole. According to the report, DHS was notified on March 24, 2006 of allegations of abuse, but were unable to contact the Clarks for nearly a month.  Eventually the Clarks told workers Colton had gone missing.

Over the next few months, DHS pushed at least three times to have his brother, Austin, removed from the Clark home, each time the Seminole County DA refused citing a lack of evidence. DHS says there was nothing else they could do.

“Here we are 10 years later trying to Monday morning quarterback a case from ten years ago trying to find out who knew what when,” DHS Communications Director Sheree Powell said on Thursday.

Eventually, workers said an old dog bite on Austin's leg needed medical attention.  A full physical exam performed while tending the bite found signs of severe abuse -- which led to his removal from the house.  He then told police the Clark's threatened him into lying about Colton's disappearance by calling him names like "pervert" and "broke" and that Colton had gone missing at least a day before the first call to DHS. Austin said he woke up and [Colton] was gone.

“The workers were very creative I think in using that old dog bite to try to find a way to physically examine the boy to get him out of the environment,” Powell said.

But family members blame DHS. Over the phone today, Colton's half-sister Raven Womack said, "Do I think DHS did wrong? Yes. I pretty much think they're at fault for this."

She didn’t rule out a lawsuit against DHS but said because she was only a half-sibling the official suit would be Austin’s decision. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Senate Dems Call For Special Session To Address Medical Marijuana

    Senate Dems Call For Special Session To Address Medical Marijuana

    CBS PhillyCBS Philly
    CBS PhillyCBS Philly
    Senate Democrats called for a special session late Wednesday afternoon just hours after Attorney General Mike Hunter said the State Department of Health’s board was out of line when passing last-minute rules on medical marijuana. "The Senate Democratic Caucus urges Governor Fallin to call the legislature into special session to address issues related to medical marijuana.. "As elected legislators, it is our constitutional duty to carry out the will of the people,"...More >>
    Senate Democrats called for a special session late Wednesday afternoon just hours after Attorney General Mike Hunter said the State Department of Health’s board was out of line when passing last-minute rules on medical marijuana. "The Senate Democratic Caucus urges Governor Fallin to call the legislature into special session to address issues related to medical marijuana.. "As elected legislators, it is our constitutional duty to carry out the will of the people,"...More >>
  • Trump On A 2020 Joe Biden Run: 'Obama Took Him Out Of The Garbage Heap'

    Trump On A 2020 Joe Biden Run: 'Obama Took Him Out Of The Garbage Heap'

    For the first time as president, Donald Trump is holding his Russian counterpart responsible for interfering in the 2016 election.

    More >>

    For the first time as president, Donald Trump is holding his Russian counterpart responsible for interfering in the 2016 election.

    More >>

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Politics

Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Technology

Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.