Thursday, July 7, 2016

Search for Webbers Falls Man Continues

The search for a missing Webbers Falls man continued Wednesday, but unsuccessfully.

Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said the search for Matthew Scott Fagan continues in the water at Lake Tenkiller around the Cato Creek area. He said the search is being conducted by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service Dive Team. The search was called off at about 3 p.m. Wednesday due to the heat, Lockhart said.

Authorities said Matthew Scott Fagan disappeared at about 3:30 p.m. on June 21. Fagan was last seen 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 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. 

Lockhart said Tuesday that a person of interest has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Fagan, and a second person of interest was transferred from the Muskogee County Jail to the Sequoyah County Jail on Tuesday.

Lockhart said Tyler Leverett, 22, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder after the fact. Lockhart is not releasing the name of the second suspect, who is being held on a separate charge.

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. 

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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