Body Found In Burned Truck Confirmed As Missing Cherokee County 18-Year-Old

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 5:10 pm
By: Lori Fullbright


The Cherokee County Sheriff has confirmed that the body found in a burned truck outside Tahlequah earlier this month is that of a missing 18-year-old.

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Braeden Collins’ mother reported him missing after he went to a party on July 4th. In searching for him, investigators found a burned body in a truck and the Medical Examiner used DNA to confirm it was Collins.

The Sheriff said the cause of death has not yet been determined and the ME’s office is doing a skull reconstruction that could take weeks.

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Two men are in custody in connection to the case.