All the dirt, news, culture and commentary for Oklahoma's second century.

"Skeletal remains" of missing Eufaula family may have been found by deer hunter

NewsOn6.com via Latimer County Sheriff's Office
Bobby, Madyson and Sherilyn Jamison, prior to their 2009 disappearance
Fertile Ground Compost Service
Help support Red Dirt Report

OKLAHOMA CITY – Have the remains of an Oklahoma family missing for four years finally been found?

Red Dirt Report talked to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Gary Perkinson on Monday and he confirmed that the “partial skeletal remains” of two adults and a child were found by a deer hunter scouting for deer on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 16.

Perkinson said 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.

Law enforcement scoured the area, which had been searched back in 2009.  The remains found were sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the hope is that the remains will be positively identified.

So, were the remains that of the missing Jamison family, RDR asked Perkinson?

“That’s something we don’t know,” he said. “That’s something our investigators, the Latimer County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI will be working on.”

It was in October 2009 when Eufaula residents Bobby and Sherilyn Jamison, along with their six-year-old daughter Madyson vanished in a rural area of northwestern Latimer County, north of Wilburton while looking at land.

It was an utterly bizarre case. A week after the family vanished, their pickup was found abandoned. Their dog, locked in the cab, was near death. They had left a cellphone, coats, clothing, a GPS unite and a bag containing $32,000.  So, it wasn’t believed to have been a case of robbery.

After their disappearance, the media stayed on the story. Some thought the family had been involved in illegal narcotics and had been placed in a witness protection program. Psychics suggested the family fled to Mexico and perhaps had been injured.

Red Dirt Report also spoke with Latimer County Sheriff Jesse James. He confirmed a deer hunter found the remains just south of Kinta, which is in neighboring Haskell County. This is north of where the truck was found and means they would have had to have hiked up a fairly steep and rocky incline first to get to where they were found, if it is indeed the Jamisons who were discovered.

“It’s a very rough area where they were found,” James said. “It’s in the middle of the woods.” James said there are no nearby water sources – creek or pond – that he recalled. Asked if it was an area easily reached by a six-year old, he said it would have been difficult, considering the ruggedness of the terrain.

And synchronistically speaking, just a little over two weeks ago RDR featured a review of David Paulides’ book Missing 411: Eastern United States. In that book review, we note how the author highlighted the Jamison case in a chapter on missing persons reports out of Oklahoma and Arkansas.

RDR wrote: “In our state’s Kiamichi Mountains, people are known to go missing, the author states and throughout the mountainous Oklahoma-Arkansas border region. It was in this region, in October 2009, that Bobby and Sherilynn Jamison and their six-year-old daughter Madyson went missing at a rural well site in Latimer County. The case baffled investigators, as the family truck was abandoned with a dog inside (near death) as well as $32,000 in cash (drug money?), ID, wallets and cell phones, as well as overcoats. What happened to the Jamison family?”

This is a rugged, rural and remote area. It’s a place where people get lost or simply vanish. Nearby Robbers Cave State Park is notable because outlaws including Jesse James, Belle Starr, members of the Dalton Gang, the Youngers and the Rufus Buck Gang used it and the surrounding area as a hideout in the years after the Civil War. We asked Sheriff James if he was somehow related to Jesse James the outlaw, who once lived in the area, and he chuckled and said he was not.

An Investigation Discovery program called Disappeared, highlighted the Jamison case. The program suggested that Bobby and Sherilyn were having marital troubles. A hate letter from the wife to the husband was found in the truck. The thought suggested murder-suicide.

And there was also the weird, sensational, supernatural angle. “Angels” were entering their Eufaula home, talking to six-year old Madyson. And “spirits” – three or four of them – were hanging out on the roof of their home. Bobby had wanted a “special kind of bullet” to kill the spirits.

And Sherilyn, notes the program, had a cat die in their neighborhood. She reportedly thought someone had poisoned the cat.

She then spray painted “Witches don’t like their cats being killed” on a storage unit so the whole neighborhood could see it. Friends said Sherilyn claimed to be a witch. It also noted she was bipolar.

Security cameras on the house shows the family, on the day they disappeared, going back and forth from the house to the pickup “20 time” and that they appeared to be in a “trancelike state.”

“They never acknowledged each other as they walked back and forth to the vehicle,” said then-Sheriff Israel Beauchamp in the 2012 episode.

There was also a suspect – a boarder – who was allegedly a white supremacist, who threatened Sherilyn. The suspect was tracked down by the FBI, interviewed and released.

Meanwhile, FBI, OSBI, ME’s office and LCSO are investigating. Sheriff James said so far there is no evidence of foul play and that the cause of death for the victims is so far “undetermined.”

Enjoy this? Please share it!

About the Author

Andrew W. Griffin

Editor & Owner.

Andrew W. Griffin received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from...

read more

Enjoy this? Please share it!

About Red Dirt Report

Red Dirt Report was launched July 4, 2007 as an independent news website covering all manner of news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle stories that affect and interest Oklahoma readers and readers outside of our state. Our mission is to educate, promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, government and politics. Our experienced journalists provided balanced in-depth coverage of news stories that affect Oklahomans. Our opinion/editorial stories come from a wide range of political view points. We carry out our mission by reporting, writing, and posting news and information. read more

Member of the Oklahoma Press Association
Member of Investigative Reporters & Editors
Member of Diversity Business Association
Member of Uptown 23rd
Rotary Club of Bricktown OKC
Keep it Local OK