Man found in burning vehicle identified

Death said to be of a suspicious nature

by Michael Bush -

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that a vehicle was found engulfed in flames on Sunday, Aug. 16, around 6 a.m., on County Road 1830, 9/10 miles north of CR 1340. The location is about 12 miles west and two miles north of the town of Willow in Greer County.

The 1992 Oldsmobile was found parked, and the vehicle was totally engulfed in flames when a Greer County deputy arrived on the scene. The Willow Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, and after the fire was extinguished, and Oklahoma Highway Patrol arrived on the scene, it was determined there was a deceased person in the vehicle. Due to lack of any collision damage, it was determined to be an incident, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was notified, as well as the Oklahoma State Fire Marshall.

The person in the vehicle, now identified as Richard Everett Sevo, 60, of Sayre, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Medical Examiner investigator Emma Prophet, and was then transported to the medical examiner’s office in Oklahoma City.

Jessica Brown, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation information officer, said the cause and manner of Sevo’s death has not officially been determined, and that the investigation remains active and open due to the suspicious nature of the death.

There were no passengers, and other vehicles were involved.

Trooper Shane Newell of the Greer County detachment of Troop M was the investigating officer, and was assisted by Troopers Chris Sherman, Ryan Hayes, Alex Wilson, Kyle Shaw, Lt. George Dickerson, Greer County Sheriff’s Department, the Willow Fire Department, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Death said to be of a suspicious nature

by Michael Bush

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