After hours of searching by law enforcement and concerned residents, an Ada man who went missing early Monday was found dead.
Colton Chase Pennington, 21, was last seen at about 3 a.m. Monday after a NewYear’s Eve party at a friend’s house, Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said.
The party took place at a residence near state Highway 3 and County Road 3630 in the Stonewall area.
Christian said Pennington reportedly left the party walking.
“When he didn’t come back after a while, the other people at the party went looking for him and couldn’t find him, so they thought maybe he called somebody and got a ride and (they) went back to the house,” Christian said.
Later that morning, an oil field employee discovered some of Pennington’s clothing, his boots and his cell phone.
The employee got in touch with Pennington’s father, then turned the items over to him. Pennington’s father then notified authorities.
A large search was conducted.
Christian said Pennington’s body was located at about 4:15 p.m. Monday.
“An individual who was helping with the search found some bare footprints going out onto the ice (of a pond) and saw a hole in the ice,” Christian said. “When he called for assistance, deputies and others responding got there and located Colton’s body under the ice of the pond.”
Christian said Pennington’s body was taken to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine a cause and manner of death.
Christian said there were no signs of foul play, but authorities will investigate all avenues.
“Nothing that we have found at this time indicates any wrongdoing on anybody’s part, but certainly we’ll have to wait for the medical examiner’s report to determine the exact cause and manner of death,” Christian said.