Family, search team informed Dawn Sherrill's body found near Fletcher
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Curtis Awbrey, For The Chronicle

COMANCHE COUNTY — An Oklahoma City-based search team working with law enforcement agencies and the family of missing Anadarko resident Dawn Sherill has ended their search, saying the family has been notified Sherill’s body was found Tuesday near Fletcher.


Comanche County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in the 15,000 block of NE 240th Street in Comanche County around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10 after the homeowner found a truck on his property with human remains lying nearby.


A Comanche County Sheriff’s report indicates the truck was a red, 2007 Ford F-150 with license plates matching the truck Sherill was reportedly last seen driving. Comanche County Undersheriff Doyle Tosh said the homeowner told police he discovered the truck and remains when he went to mow the grass on that part of his property.


Oklahoma City Metro Search and Rescue Team Search Coordinator Brian Smith said the truck was situated in such a way that it could not have been seen from the roadway or the air. Smith said the truck was found under a dense canopy of trees that likely obscured the vehicle from team members who searched the area.


“(The truck was) on a downhill grade from where the home was located, positioned in such a way that it very likely couldn’t be seen from the house,” Smith said.


In a social media post on the team’s Facebook page, Smith expressed his condolences for Sherill’s family, saying the team’s hearts were broken, and calling for people involved in the search to give the family space and privacy to process “one of the most difficult moments any family can bear.”


Sherill was last seen the evening of Wednesday, July 21 in Anadarko. Her family, working with law enforcement agencies, the OKC/SAR team and an ever-growing group of volunteers mounted a large-scale search for weeks trying to find her or the truck she was driving. Though various sightings were reported, Sherill’s location remained a mystery until her body was discovered Aug. 10, northeast of Fletcher.


Authorities are awaiting the results of a medical examiner’s report, hoping to shed some light on what may have happened to Sherill.