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May 20, 2013

Still no answers in creek death

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — There are still plenty of questions with answers not yet released to the public in the case of a dead body found this week in a Pauls Valley creek bed.

It was Tuesday morning when local authorities were alerted to the body’s location in Rush Creek as hours later the man was identified as 22-year-old Jerry Lytle, believed to be from Maysville.

The early confidence by PV police of a quick arrest in what’s described as a homicide has since been tempered while the investigation continues to move forward.

PV Police Chief Mitch McGill said on Friday there are a couple of factors in why no arrests have been made as two suspects, one a juvenile, are now being looked at as playing some type of role in Lytle’s death.

“The biggest thing is the cause of death,” McGill said.

“We’re waiting on the medical examiner and any evidence to come back from the state lab so we can tie everything together,” he said, referring to the M.E.’s report.

That report will include the results of an autopsy on Lytle’s body, which plays a big part in determining the official cause of his death.

While awaiting that important report, McGill said the investigation is still moving forward as officers and agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are working to find out what happened at the local creek that resulted in the death of one person.

“We’re not just waiting around for those results,” McGill said.

“We’re working to corroborate statements given during the interviews.

“The investigation is still ongoing. We’re following any leads or rumors that come into us,” he said.

It was in the early morning hours Tuesday when local 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 that had occurred at the nearby creek.

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.

Police confirmed Lytle’s body was found in the creek’s water.

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