Skeletal remains found by hunters in Latimer County on Saturday could belong to a family that disappeared in 2009, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported Monday.
The bones were found by hunters about 5 p.m. Saturday in a rugged, mountainous area just south of Kinta, the OSBI said.
Bobby and Sherilyn Jamison of Eufaula and their 6-year-old daughter, Madyson Jamison, disappeared in 2009 in a case that stumped investigators.
The remains appear to belong to two adults and one child, according to the OSBI, which said no evidence was recovered at the site that could help with identification.
Law enforcers said Monday that they had no evidence that the remains belong to the family, but they noted that the bones were found approximately 2.7 miles northwest of where the Jamisons' pickup was found in 2009.
The Jamisons had been looking to purchase a 40-acre plot of land near the Sans Bois Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma when they disappeared.
Hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement officers scoured the area looking for clues that could explain the disappearance. But after locating the pickup and a few of the Jamisons' possessions, leads on the case went cold, and the search for the family was called off.
This weekend's discovery "brings a closure," said Jack Jamison, Bobby Jamison's uncle. "Not knowing especially the little girl she did nothing to cause something like that. It brings closure. That's about all I can say. It's sad. It's about what we expected."
While it's not yet definitive that the remains are his nephew and his family, all evidence points to it being them, said Jack Jamison, who was contacted by the FBI about the discovery. He said he had no hope that the family was still alive four years after their disappearance.
The Latimer County and Haskell County sheriff's offices, the OSBI, the FBI and the state Medical Examiner's Office searched the area but turned up no evidence that helped identify the remains, according to a statement from the OSBI.
A spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner's Office said Monday that the office has received skeletal remains of two adults and one child. The office will use anthropological and, if necessary, forensic pathological methods to determine whether the remains belong to Bobby Jamison, who was 44 when he disappeared; his wife, Sherilyn Jamison, who was 40 at the time; and their 6-year-old daughter.
"Depending on the features of these remains and their state of preservation, identification can take anywhere from days to years," spokeswoman Amy Elliott said in a statement.
Latimer County Sheriff Jesse James did not return a message seeking comment on the case.
Then-Latimer County Sheriff Israel Beauchamp told The Associated Press in 2009 that a landowner in the Red Oak area last saw the family on Oct. 8. A little more than a week later, on Oct. 17, an air and ground search involving more than 300 volunteers and dozens of law enforcement officers was launched after hunters discovered the family's pickup at a remote well pad site near the land the family was considering buying. A wallet, purse, cell phones, cash and the family's small dog were found inside the truck.
There were no signs of foul play, and it appeared that the family had planned to return to the truck.
Heavy rains hit the area during the time the family disappeared, but Beauchamp said he didn't think the creek would be strong enough to sweep away the adults.
The sheriff said both Bobby and Sherilyn Jamison were disabled and did not work. The family was originally from the Oklahoma City area but had moved to Eufaula.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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