OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of human bones found in northeastern Oklahoma County last year. The remains are of Vickie Peters, who has been missing for more than six years.
In September 2010, the Oklahoma City Police asked investigators from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the OU Archaeology group to assist in recovering human remains from an area near Wilshire and Anderson. Since then the OCME has taken every step possible to identify the skeletal remains, including sending a DNA sample to the University of North Texas for a comparison to a swab of a family member. U.N.T. tested a sample of Bridget Hicks, the daughter of Vickie Peters. The tests came back with a positive match.
"The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is thrilled to be able to help the family finally be able to have a memorial service in honor of Vickie Peters," says Cherokee Ballard, public information officer with the OCME.
Vickie Peters disappeared shortly after separating from her husband, Ervin McCoy, in April of 2004. Her family has long suspected her estranged husband had something to do with her disappearance.
Police searched a wooded area in northeastern Oklahoma County in September 2010 after McCoy directed them where to find Peters' body as part of a plea deal. In exchange, McCoy expects to receive a 30-year prison sentence for the 2004 shooting death of Alex Record, a former co-worker.
Prosecutors say McCoy is suspected of killing six people. But so far he's only charged with Record's death.