Tuesday, July 5, 2016

‘Homeless’ Man Arrested in Connection with Missing Hiker

Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said Tuesday that a person of interest has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Webbers Falls man.

Lockhart said Tyler Leverett was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder after the fact. The victim is believed to be Matthew Fagan (above) of Webbers Falls. Lockhart said a second suspect is being held in the Muskogee County Detention Center on an unrelated charge. He did not release the name of that suspect. Lockhart said the second suspect would be brought to Sequoyah County on Tuesday afternoon.

Leverett’s age is listed as 22 and he is listed as homeless at Sequoyah County Detention Center booking.

Lockhart said the persons hiking with Fagan told different stories about Fagan’s disappearance when interviewed by police, which aroused suspicions. 

No trace of Fagan has been found since he disappeared on June 21.

Authorities said Matthew Scott Fagan disappeared at about 3:30 p.m. on June 21. Fagan was last seen hiking near Cato Creek in the Tenkiller area. Fagan was reportedly hiking with three other individuals and decided to go back to the vehicle. He was complaining about a hurt ankle. When his friends returned to the vehicle he could not be located. No one has heard from him since and the search for him began immediately.

The Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department, Sequoyah County Emergency Management, Blackgum Fire and Rescue, and the new Sequoyah County Mounted Search and Rescue Team participated in a ground search but found nothing.

The search expanded to the water last week after a search dog alerted on a scent near the bank and into the water. Dive teams were called in to search areas of Lake Tenkiller near Cato Creek but Fagan has not been found.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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