'He Was Just Starting His Life': A Family's Plea For Justice In Oklahoma Teen's Death

An Oklahoma teen's body was found along a highway in Jefferson County two months ago. Now, his family is left with questions as investigators search for the answers.

Monday, November 13th 2023, 9:50 pm

By: News 9, Sylvia Corkill


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Two months after the body of an Oklahoma teen was found dumped along Highway 81 in Jefferson County investigators continue to search for answers.

Back in September, following calls to 911, troopers found Noah Presgrove’s body on the side of the road and immediately shifted their investigation from fatal collision to homicide.

A four-sport athlete, handsome, kind, and funny, Noah Presgrove had it all. “He loved adventure, he was fearless, he didn’t care he was going to try it, it was just amazing to watch him in action,” said Robyn Smith, Noah’s aunt.

Living with his Grandmother, Deborah always had a front-row seat. “We always had a good relationship because he always knew he could call Nana anytime,” said Deborah Smith, Noah’s grandmother. 

Graduating high school in May, Noah, the forever patriot had plans to serve his country. “He was wanting to go into the military,” said Noah’s aunt.

But on Sept. 4, Noah's life suddenly ended. “We were in shock, we literally just lost Noah, he was just starting his life,” said Noah’s aunt.

Noah's family and investigators were told Noah had been at a house party---that they would later learn was heavily documented during videos posted to social media. The videos are now being scrutinized by investigators. “Kids do, they document dang near every moment of their lives,” said Noah’s aunt.

Documents also show investigators have been given conflicting stories about the night Noah died. In court filings-- investigators said trauma to his body did "not occur from a pedestrian vs vehicle collision." And that Noah “could have been forceable pushed from the bed of a moving truck” based on blood evidence.

“For the ones that were out there that were his best buds, and good friends, they talk about how much they care and love him, and everything. And nobody’s saying anything, it just doesn’t make sense,” said Noah’s grandmother.

Noah's family says they won’t stop searching for the truth. “Choices were made that evening that affected so many people, not just Noah, but his family, his loved ones, his friends. And for us, not to know, it’s just heart-wrenching, it’s not fair,” said Noah’s aunt. 

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