SPD releases name of man found floating in a pond

Micheal Todd Jeffreys, 46, of Pawnee, has been identified as the man found floating in a detention pond along Jardot Road on March 18. Photo provided

The Stillwater Police Department has released the name of a man whose body was found floating in a detention pond along Jardot Road on March 18. He was identified as Michael Todd Jeffreys, 46, of Pawnee.

Family members made a tentative identification based on his tattoos, but SPD said positive identification would have to wait for a written report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner due to decomposition. The Medical Examiner estimated Jeffreys had been in the pond for about a month.

SPD received the final report from the Medical Examiner on June 3.

A nearby resident said she had seen what she thought was a human body floating in the pond a few weeks before Jeffreys was found, but her husband talked her out of reporting it because he thought she was wrong.

She called SPD to report a possible body in the pond on March 10. Officers made a few attempts to hook what would turn out to be Jeffreys’ body, but left without recovering anything after it went under.

Assistant Chief Shannon Jordan told the News Press on March 19 that he had been told officers located a sofa cushion on that first call.

At the time he said he thought the incidents weren’t related.

A week later, the same woman was walking her dog and again saw Jeffreys’ body floating in the pond. She again called the police, who brought out a drone to survey the scene and recovered his body.

Jeffreys’ mother had filed a missing persons report with the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office on March 22, because she hadn’t seen or spoken to her son since about Jan. 25.

She was concerned because he never went that long without contacting her, a Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office staff member said. His girlfriend and other friends who were interviewed also said they hadn’t seen him.

Jeffreys was ill and had missed appointments with his doctor, his mother told deputies.

In October 2017, Jeffreys made a Facebook post from OU Medical Center that said he had been diagnosed with cancer.

SPD Capt. Kyle Gibbs said the autopsy report indicates Jeffreys died from acute methamphetamine toxicity. There was no sign of trauma to his body.

Because there is no indication of foul play, the investigation into Jeffreys’ death has been closed, Gibbs said.

 

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