Body found in Coal County

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

COAL COUNTY, Okla. -- Officials are investigating a possible homicide in Coal County. Authorities say a passerby discovered a car in a ditch on Polk Road one mile east of the Coalgate Lake on Friday morning.

When Coal County deputies arrived, they found Lonnie Allen Mathews, 38, dead in the back seat. Officials say Mathews is from Spokane Washington, but had been living in Coal County for about a month.

They say Mathews had contusions and blood on his face but no outward signs indicate this was a murder.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation and Oklahoma Highway Patrol are working on the case. The body was transported to Oklahoma City for an autopsy.

"There had been some evidence that night that he'd been at some people's house and there had been some words and that's the reason that we're treating this in the nature that we are." Coal County Sheriff Roy Deck said.

Authorities hope the autopsy results will help determine whether or not Mathews was actually murdered.

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