Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart announced Tuesday afternoon that three men have been arrested for first-degree murder in relation to the disappearance of Matthew Fagan.
Lockhart said arrested were Charles Blake Shamblin, 25, of Webbers Falls and Michael Snelling, 22, of Sallisaw. Also arrested and charged was Tyler Leverett, 22, who was taken into custody last week on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder after the fact.
Lockhart said, “The arrests were made today in regards to the missing hiker Matthew Fagan. The body of Matthew Fagan has not been located as of now. We are continuing to search the Tenkiller Lake area near Cato Creek.”
Fagan was last seen at about 3:30 p.m. on June 21. He was said to be hiking with three other individuals and decided to go back to the vehicle, where a fourth person was said to be sitting out the hike. Fagan was complaining about a hurt ankle. When his friends returned to the vehicle they reported he could not be located. No one has heard from him since and the search for him began immediately.
The search expanded to the water last week after search dogs alerted on a scent near the bank and into the water.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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