Police have identified a person found in the Oklahoma River Saturday evening. The body of Anthony Baker, 28, was recovered from the river after his car plunged into the water Friday morning. Police do not suspect foul play is involved.
The last time Baker was seen alive was early Friday morning. According to a missing person's report, Baker took a friend home after a night out around 4 a.m., about an hour before his car went off the roadway and into the river near Exchange Avenue.
“We have been contacted by a few people he was seen with the night before, early into the morning,” said Officer Megan Morgan, Oklahoma City Police Department.
A citizen reported seeing the submerged car's headlights in the water. The Oklahoma City fire department spent Friday morning pulling the car out of the river. The white Chevy Malibu was traced back to Baker's grandparent's home, where he lived. His grandparents had not seen him since Thursday afternoon.
“The next day the fire department went back out,” said Morgan. “That’s when they located the body now identified as Anthony Baker.”
Baker's family gathered by the river the night he was discovered. They did not want to speak on-camera but believe it was a tragic accident. They think the rain played a role in their loved one's car veering off the road. A bouquet of flowers and pieces of the car mark the spot where Baker tragically died.
Police know Baker did not have a passenger when the car went into the river but said the public can help complete the investigation.
“Anybody with information is asked to step forward,” said Morgan. “If you saw him the day before or that evening or the morning of.”
Officers said Baker's car was found in park, the keys were in the ignition and passenger window was rolled down.