Homicide Unit, Bomb Squad Search For Body Near Southwest OKC House

Monday, May 16th 2011, 10:15 am
By: News 9

Gan Matthews, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A team from the Oklahoma City Homicide Unit has begun looking for a body that may be buried outside an Oklahoma City home.

Police recently obtained a search warrant for a home in the 3300 block of S. Quapah, which is near Newcastle Road and S. Portland Ave. in southwest Oklahoma City.

Investigators received information there may be a body buried on the property. An archaeology team will join members of the Oklahoma City Homicide Unit and Bomb Squad to search for any signs of human remains. Police say at this point, they don't know the identity of the person who may be buried there.

The Oklahoma City Bomb Squad is using robotic devices in the search for the body. That may indicate authorities fear the backyard could be booby-trapped.

County tax records show the man who owns the property is Michael Gardner. Gardner is the national president of the Rogue Motorcycle Club. He was arrested in January on drug charges, and U.S. Marshals raided his club on May 3 after a 12-year drug trafficking investigation.

A block away, Jason Warden and Jennifer Culwell say they've been concerned about events at the house for several months.

"I always have an uneasy feeling every time I drive down that way," Warden said.

Culwell says she's seen an increase in motorcycle traffic near the house. "Two or three o'clock in the morning, they're revving their engines going up and down the street. You hear odd gunshots going off during the night."

Culwell says she forbids her daughter from riding her bike near the house.

Police say the search for the body could take days or possibly weeks to complete.