Two well-known metro doctors were killed over the weekend while on a hunting trip.
According to family, the men were on an annual duck hunting trip with several long-time friends. An OHP report stated that the men went out on a private lake, but when they did not return to the cabin, authorities started searching.
Their bodies were found Monday. Right now, OHP investigators say this appears to be just an unfortunate accident.
“He was a small town family doctor in the big city.”
That's how Dr. Rodney Miles's longtime friend and physician assistant Heather Kuklinski described the Moore doctor. Miles had been in family practice in Moore for 30 years.
“One of the things he told me was, if you can't figure out what's wrong with somebody it's because you're not asking them the right questions,” said Kuklinski.
And just two months ago he couldn't have been prouder when he opened a new clinic. Miles, along with all his staff, were at their office when the May 20 tornado destroyed the old one. Miles was buried for over an hour, trapped by steel beams.
“We all could have died that day. We all probably should have died that day and God was good. He gave us 18 more months with him,” said Kuklinski. “I'll always thank him for that.”
On Sunday, Miles along with his good friend Dr. Tim Soult, an ER doctor with Integris Southwest, were on private a lake in an Argo ATV vehicle when investigators believe for some reason it overturned.
“These were smart, brilliant people,” said Miles' wife Dawn. “I have to trust it was something freak.”
The president of INTEGRIS Southwest said Soult was “a natural leader with a true passion for people and the profession.”
Dawn Miles said the two men had been friends for years.
“They had this bond that was phenomenal and when he left here Friday he was so excited and he came into my office and kissed me goodbye and I said be careful.”
OHP said the men were wearing heavy clothing and hip waders and that may have contributed to their death. Investigators also said the lake used to be used to raise catfish and there are cables across it. They are looking into if that may have played a part in the accident.