Hiker’s death under investigation

By Cheryl Orr - cherylorr@civitasmedia.com


The body of a 42-year-old man who went missing on a hike has been found in Greer County.

Timothy Tyler was found Monday afternoon in a wooded area near Haystack Mountain. Tyler went missing Sunday when he was hiking with three other people.

Police say one of the hikers called Tyler’s wife about his disappearance and she called authorities. According to AP reports, Greer County Sheriff Devin Huckabay said Tyler was spotted by Oklahoma Highway Patrol aircraft. Tyler’s body was taken to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Oklahoma City.

The other hikers were found by authorities Sunday evening and were dehydrated, but in otherwise good condition.

Haystack Mountain is located approximately 25 miles north of Mangum.

Family members report Tyler’s death is under investigation as the circumstances surrounding his passing are odd. Karen Miley, Tyler’s mother, said that Tyler, “Was an avid outdoors man” and, in her opinion, “All four of the men on the hike were experienced with outdoor activities and should have had survival skills.”

During the emotional interview with the Frederick Press-Leader, Miley noted there are no details or answers about how and why Tyler was not rescued from the mountain on Sunday when the other three hikers were found by a search party.

Miley described her son as extremely smart, talented and well liked by everyone. She reported that for a couple of years, Tim and his wife owned and operated the Haystack Diner in Willow where they made their home. “Tim was an outdoors man, he enjoyed being outside and did not like having to work indoors,” said Miley.

The family is planning to bring Tim to Frederick for a funeral service and burial later this week. The details of the service are not confirmed, Miley said it will be held at the Bible Baptist Church in Frederick.


By Cheryl Orr


Reach Cheryl Orr at cherylorr@civitasmedia.com or 580-379-0588.

Reach Cheryl Orr at cherylorr@civitasmedia.com or 580-379-0588.

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