Family speaks out after loved one's death in Bryan County

PUSHMATAHA, Okla. (KXII) - More than two weeks after the body of a 27-year-old man was found in Bryan County, his family is still searching for answers.

John Talon Self's family is heartbroken and trying to get through each day as it comes.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is calling his death "suspicious," but won't say whether he was murdered.

His family believes he was. They said they saw his body and know he was shot multiple times.

"We had so many plans. Now one act of violence and he's gone," said his mom Traci Self.

Traci said the reality of her son's death is still sinking in.

His family describes Talon as a man who saddled up and took life by the reins.

"My first born child. Wild, free," said Traci.

Bryan County Sheriff Johnny Christian said a woman driving down Matoy Road was looking for people hunting illegally in November.

That's when she stumbled upon Talon dead in his car.

He had turned 27 just 10 days before.

"Always had something funny going," said his grandpa Johnny Self.

"And picked at everybody," Traci said.

"He always had nicknames for everybody," said his 7-year-old niece Braggin Smith.

His family said he dreamed of making a living riding horses and training hog dogs.

"He loved hunting, riding wild horses and catching wild hogs. That was his big thing," Johnny said.

They said when his niece Braggin was born, Talon was always holding her.

Just seven years later, she's holding picture frames of him.

"My kids have to go without their brother. Watch them grow up, then they're gone," Traci said.

Records show Talon did time for drug charges and got out at the end of the summer.

His family said at least while he was in prison, they knew he was alive.

They said he was finally getting back on his feet when he died.

Now, they want the truth.

"We don't want another family to have to go through this," Traci said.

The Self family is pleading for anyone with information to come forward.

OSBI says you can submit tips anonymously by calling their tip line at 1-800-522-8017 or email at