The body of a Holdenville man, who was reported missing earlier in the week by his mother, was discovered Thursday afternoon in Seminole County.
Deputies with the Seminole County Sheriff's office, along with OSBI investigators, discovered the body of 33-year-old Eric Stephens on the side of the road near State Highway 56 and East West 1390.
Stephens' body was identified via fingerprint analysis. Although the cause of death will be determined by the state medical examiner's office, investigators say trauma to the body indicates homicide.
The OSBI, Holdenville Police and the District 22 Narcotics Task Force are working to identify potential witnesses, persons of interest and possible suspects involved in this case.
Investigators served a high-risk warrant Wednesday at a home in Holdenville that was thought might hold clues in connection to Stephens, who at the time had only been reported missing.
The home belonged to Kyle Morris, and family members spoke out in defense of their relative. Police say Stephens was last seen in Morris' home a week ago, but Morris' uncle says he doesn't know Stephens and he hasn't seen his nephew all month and can't reach him.
Holdenville Police Chief Keith Wardlow says the reason Morris' home was raided was because he held two of his relatives hostage at gunpoint six years ago and fired shots, so officers didn't want to take any chances this time.
If you have any information about this case, contact the OSBI at (405) 848-6724 or the Holdenville Police Office at (405) 379-6627. You can remain anonymous.