Remains identified as missing Mannford teenager

Wednesday, July 30th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Human remains discovered in the Oklahoma Panhandle have been identified as the body of a missing northeast Oklahoma teenager.

The remains are those of Dustin Roy McKee, 17, of Mannford, who disappeared in the Panhandle in March, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Cimarron County Sheriff David Dunn.

Dental records were used by the medical examiner to positively identify McKee, authorities said.

The remains were found last week by a farmer and authorities suspected they belonged to the missing teenager, Dunn said.

``We were pretty confident,'' Dunn said. ``It (the body) was located in the right general area, and the clothing was similar to what we were told he was wearing.''

The medical examiner is still examining the body, according to OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown.

``A forensic anthropologist will examine the remains, just to make sure there's no trauma and rule out foul play,'' Brown said.

McKee and his mother, Toni McKee, were sightseeing in the Black Mesa area near Kenton on March 18 when their car became stuck in sand.

The teenager began walking for help and disappeared, authorities said.