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Body found in Bird Creek confirmed to be Wayne Hogue

Family members of a man who went missing in the Barnsdall tornado told KRMG that the body found in Bird Creek is in fact that of Wayne Hogue.

Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden confirmed the news.

A family member said the medical examiner turned the body over to a funeral home. We’re told the funeral home called the Hogue family to inform them.

Hogue, 81, is the second fatality from the EF-4 tornado that struck Barnsdall on May 6th. 53-year-old Rhonda Hayman also died as a result of the tornado.


The Osage County Sheriff’s Office said a man’s body was recovered from Bird Creek at about 2pm Saturday.

Sheriff Eddie Virden said the body was found by a team of searchers with the sheriff’s office and the Christian Aid Ministry Search & Rescue (CAM-SAR).

The sheriff said they are awaiting positive identification, but added that no additional searching is needed.

Crews had been searching for 81-year-old Wayne Hogue after Monday’s deadly EF-4 tornado in Barnsdall.

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