TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee County sheriff's deputies were called to a drowning in a creek near North Grace Hudlin Road on Feb. 5.

Curtis Whitekiller Sr., 73, of Hulbert, reportedly fell from a bluff about 10 feet above the water.

Deputy Andrew Dreadfulwater said he was called to a report of traumatic injuries, and was advised that a man had fallen into the creek and his condition was unknown.

Dreadfulwater and Lt. Derrick Grant arrived to find an officer, two men and the apparent victim downstream. Dreadfulwater was advised that the man who had fallen in the creek was dead.

Members of the family said Whitekiller fell while fishing with his 8-year-old grandson. The boy ran about 75 yards to the house for help, and relatives found Whitekiller about 10 minutes later, roughly 100 yards downstream. The two men attempted CPR for about 10-15 minutes before Dreadfulwater arrived.

Dreadfulwater said he checked the bluff, and found indications that the ground near the edge was soft and could have given way beneath Whitekiller. The deputy said he saw no obvious signs of injury on the victim.


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