Altus, Ok. — Authorities await identification of remains found at an overgrown camp site in Kiowa County, but investigators said they’re hopeful that they’ve found an Altus woman who went missing in 2001.
Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy said investigators were led to the site by Garland Allen, the ex-husband of Tracy Allen. Garland Allen was arrested in Texas last week and is charged with second-degree murder in Tracy Allen’s death.
“We feel like we’ve found what are likely to be her remains,” Murphy said. “It appears she may have been buried in some type of sleeping bag.”
The remains have been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for identification and to determine cause of death.
Tracy Allen went missing in May 2001, but the case lingered without a break for more than a decade. With help from investigators from the reality TV show “Cold Justice,” the Altus Police Department issued a warrant last month for Garland Allen’s arrest. He was arrested in Wise County, Texas, and remains in the Jackson County jail without bond.
Allen appeared in court last week without an attorney and has a preliminary hearing conference scheduled for Jan. 13. Court records do not list an attorney.
Crews started searching for Tracy Allen’s remains last week but postponed efforts because of wintry weather. Police said Garland Allen had identified a specific area about 4 feet by 4 feet where the body was buried, and investigators found remains in that area Wednesday.
Altus Police Detective Bill Perkins said investigators have been persistent in following the case and that it was never considered an inactive investigation.
“My satisfaction and my excitement come from being able to call Tracy’s mom and tell her it’s over,” Perkins said. “We’ve found her, and we can bring her home to you.”