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Skeletal remains found last fall in rural Latimer Co. are that of Jamison family

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Sherilyn, Bobby and Madyson Jamison disappeared in October 2009.
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SHAWNEE, Okla. -- The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that the remains found near Robber’s Cave State Park on Nov. 16, 2013 are those of the Jamison family. According to a press release, the ME office does not have the family’s complete skeletal remains. The cause of death is unknown at this time and the final report has not yet been released.

Red Dirt Report has followed this story since Jamison family- Bobby Dale Jamison, wife Sherilyn Leighann Jamison, and six-year-old daughter Madyson Stormy Star Jamison disappeared. Their home was in Eufaula and they were last seen in Red Oak, Latimer County, October 9, 2009.

In November, OSBI Public Information informed Red Dirt Report that the remains were in a “rugged and mountainous” area approximately 2.7 miles “as the crow flies” from the well site, east of Robbers Cave State Park, where the truck was left behind. 

Red Dirt Report also spoke to Latimer County Sheriff Jesse James after the remains were found. He said the family would have had to hike up a fairly steep and rocky incline first to get where they were found. James also said there were no nearby water resources-creek or pond. The terrain would have been difficult for a six year old to climb.

Sheriff James said there was no sign of foul play.

It has been a perplexing case from the beginning. A week after they vanished, their truck was found with their clothes, coats, a GPS device, cell phones, $32,000 in cash, and a dog clinging to life inside.

Several theories have surfaced. Robbery was ruled out immediately. Some family members thought the family was caught up in a web of illegal drugs and had been placed in a witness protection program. Psychics said they may have fled to Mexico and met with harm.

Investigation Discovery featured their story on an episode of Disappeared. The show suggested marital tensions came to light after a hate letter was found in the truck, written from Sherilyn to her husband Bobby. It seemed to point to a possible murder suicide. Video surveillance of their Eufaula home showed them walking from their house to their truck, “20 times” and appeared to be in a “trance-like state.”

A boarder, allegedly a white supremacist, came under suspicion but was released after the FBI interview.

Calls to the Latimer County Sheriff’s office have not yet been returned. OSBI Public Information office confirmed that OSBI has a partial investigation open on the case, but said the case is under the direction of LCSO.

Stay tuned for updates.

EDITOR's NOTE* Several months ago, this editor spoke with a former Latimer County deputy familiar with the case and he speculated that the Jamison family went on a hike and got disoriented, although he did not speculate on the cause of death. He ended by saying the reasons behind their disappearance and death will likely never be fully solved. 

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