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March 27, 2013

DPD detectives recover body

DUNCAN — Duncan detectives resumed searching Tuesday for Jim Peel, who had missing since Saturday. Within an hour of walking an area just west of the man’s home, they found him and began recovery efforts.

Capt. Jay Evans said it is only a tentative identification and he was taken by the medical examiner to Oklahoma City.

Peel, 71, was reported by his wife, Helen, as missing, on Saturday just after 5 p.m. She had last seen him at 8:15 a.m. that day.

The body of the man detectives found was within walking distance of the Peel’s home in the Stagestand neighborhood.  Evans and four detectives met at the water tower about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, on Plato Avenue, west of the neighborhood, and coordinated a foot search that would take them over a square mile area. The area had already been searched once over the weekend. But one particular area, covered in heavy thicket on the south side of Plato, was so dense that it was difficult for a person to even walk into easily.

Det. John Byers and Det. Holly Atkinson discovered the man, less than 50 yards from the main road. The Tuesday search took less than an hour.

“It appears it is an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Evans said. “It’s just tragic for everybody.”

Mr. Peel’s family was notified and the medical examiner was called in right after the discovery.

Evans said the Peels had moved to Duncan from Texas about 10 years ago. Peel was an aluminum sales consultant and had an interest in xeriscaping and water issues, including the drought. He also was a hobby photographer.

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