Andrew Farris Death – Early on Sunday morning, crews were dispatched to the area at 56th and Riverside after a corpse was discovered along the Arkansas River. It was stated that the reporting party and the victim, who was later determined to be Andrew Farris, age 46, got into a fight on Thursday. According to the TPD, Farris showed up to continue working on a tunnel that he had been excavating to follow copper wiring. In the end, it fell apart with him still inside. In order to find the body, the police excavated for a total of three hours on Sunday morning. Tulsa’s fire department and police department were assisted with the dig by a medical examiner and an anthropologist. The officers insist that Farris is not being investigated for the theft of copper wire.
Related topic: Second body found in Arkansas River in as many days, police say
The body of a presumed missing fisherman was discovered in the Arkansas River for the second time in two days, according to Tulsa police. According to Tulsa Police Sgt. David Flanagan, Prachern Villarreal’s family reported him missing on Tuesday when he wasn’t heard from again after going fishing around 71st Street and Riverside Drive. On Tuesday, Tulsa firefighters searched that area but were diverted to a different reported body near 56th Street. Later, at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, a fisherman strolling alongside the river around 71st Street and Riverside Drive saw a man lying face down in the water wearing fishing gear, Flanagan said.
After firefighters were able to recover the body, they were able to positively identify Villarreal as they had reportedly found his truck at the nearby volleyball fields, according to Flanagan. Officers responded to a report of a body in the river on the east bank of the river around 56th Street and Riverside Drive at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Police said two individuals who were either walking alongside or in the river reported seeing an unidentified male who seemed to be dead in shallow water next to a sandbar in the center of the river.
Firefighters and law enforcement officers initially searched the east bank of the river for a body, but when they were unsuccessful, they switched to the west bank and looked south of the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 5300 S. Elwood Ave. This is where they reportedly discovered the body. The location is close to the Arkansas River bridge over Interstate 44. The body was pulled from the middle of the river by Tulsa Fire Rescue. According to the police, the medical examiner will look into the death’s cause, and a subsequent inquiry will be conducted to ascertain the deceased’s identification.
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