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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  • by Alexandrea Albarado Location: Coalgate OK on Apr 4, 2008 at 03:41 PM
    First I want to start by saying that my name is Alexandrea Albarado and Santiago Albarado Jr. is my husband and it really hurts me to know that for the first time in my husbands life he is in jail for something that he did not do. I know that my husband is not a angle but he was trying to change and we had everything just going good for our self we had just got into a home and were starting to make a life together and someone that was mad cause we were getting somewhere in life had to take all of that away form us and the police are going to belive what they want to hear and not the truth. I love my husband more than anyone in this world he is the love of my life and my best friend and I just can't belive that someone would do this to my husband. All that I really want is for the truth to come out and for the man that did this go through what he is putting my husband through and even ten times worst.
  • by bob Location: coal county on Jan 15, 2008 at 09:56 AM
    yes he was helped, in the back seat, was dead before he was put there,
  • by Tom Location: Push Co on Jan 11, 2008 at 06:57 PM
    Hmm, In the back seat, car not wrecked sounds kinda like someone had to help the fella back there...
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