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December 9, 2007

Missing man found in Waurika Lake

WAURIKA — WAURIKA — A Duncan man missing since Nov. 27 has been located.

Bobby Ray Bilbrey, 64, was found floating atop Waurika Lake by Trooper Greg Williams, a lake patrol officer, early Saturday morning.

Bilbrey had been reported missing after he didn’t return home from his fishing trip near the Wichita Ridge area.

Waurika Sheriff Michael Bryant said Bilbrey’s body had been found about 70 feet away from where he had been fishing.

Investigators had found a chair and fishing pole on the northwest corner of the lake, near the bottom of a bridge earlier in the search.

Foul play is not suspected.

“It appears that it was just a drowning,” Bryant said.

Bryant noted that it was not unusual to find a body located near the place where it had been missing. Several searches of the lake had been unsuccessful.

“Typically, if someone drowns, depending on temperature, as the person decomposes the body will produce gases that will cause the body to rise to the top,” Bryant said.

An autopsy of the body will show the exact cause of death.

“That’s pretty much standard practice to perform an autopsy on a person who didn’t die from natural causes,” Bryant said.

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