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May 16, 2013

No arrests made after body found

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — As of Wednesday no arrests had been made after one day earlier authorities were led to where a dead body was found in Rush Creek as it passes through Pauls Valley.

Identified as the man was 22-year-old Jerry Lytle, who local officials believe is from Maysville.

Although there is still much about the shocking discovery that hasn’t been disclosed yet, Pauls Valley police did confirm there are a couple of suspects in the case and criminal charges could come soon.

“At this point we’re looking at two suspects,” said PV Assistant Police Chief Derrick Jolley.

One of those suspects is believed to be a juvenile, while the other was being questioned by agents on Wednesday.

“We’re still waiting on evidence to be analyzed,” Jolley said. “We anticipate charges to be filed at some point. We’re continuing the investigation.”

The official cause of death has not been announced as officials with the state medical examiner’s office were scheduled to perform an autopsy on Lytle’s body.

At the scene it was Jolley and a couple of Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents who were in the creek bed leading the initial stages of the investigation.

Jolley confirmed Lytle was found in the creek’s water.

It was at 1:44 a.m. Tuesday when Pauls Valley police officers responded to the Love’s truck stop near Interstate 35 and Airline Road in southern PV on a call about some type of fight.

The man making the call did sustain injuries to his head but was able to lead officers to the site of the body.

He claimed there was some type of ambush involving a group of male subjects before he ran away from the scene and police were contacted.

Jolley said on Wednesday he believes the formal charges will be severe once finalized.

“This case definitely meets the criteria for a murder charge, in my opinion,” he said.

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