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Coleman, Oklahoma Teen Ross Whitmire Shoots Grandmother, Self in Murder-Suicide

Ross Whitmire (Photo: Facebook)

Ross Whitmire (Photo: Facebook)

Michael Pineda, Daily Ardmoreite

Law enforcement authorities are investigating two deaths as a Johnston County community comes to grips with the tragedy.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist Johnston County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation of a crime scene Monday after two bodies were found in two different residences. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 11700 Highway 48 South, just outside of Coleman, at about 3 p.m. Monday after a female victim was found inside a home. Neighbors were trying to deliver fresh vegetables to the victim when they discovered her body. The victim appeared to have died from a gunshot to the head.

Deputies checked a nearby house and discovered the body of Ross Whitmire, 14, who died from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

The woman’s wounds were significant, and her identity is being withheld pending confirmation by the medical examiner’s office. The M.E. will perform an autopsy on both bodies to determine the official cause and manner of death, said Jessica Brown, OSBI public information officer. Brown said OSBI investigators believe they know who the victim is.

“We are waiting for the medical examiner to give confirmation of an identity,” she said. “I’m not sure how they are going to do it. Sometimes they do it from scars, dental records or tattoos.”

The sheriff’s department deferred to the OSBI for statements in the death of the two people. Brown was also unable to divulge the connection between Whitmire and the woman pending the confirmation of the identity, but did say she was unaware of Whitmire having any prior issues with the victim.

“At this point, we can’t give much information on that,” she said.

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