Tulsa Police Widen Search Area for Missing Kids After Body Found in Verdigris River

May 27, 2020

Wagoner County Emergency Management and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol recovered the body of a young female from the Verdigris River. It has not been identified but could be Miracle Crook, a 3-year-old missing from east Tulsa since Friday.
Credit Tulsa Police

In a Wednesday afternoon update, the Tulsa Police Department said its search area for two missing toddlers had "dramatically widened" after a child's body was found in the Verdigris River.

Miracle Crook, 3, and Tony Crook, 2, have been missing from the Shoreline Apartments in east Tulsa since Friday. Tuesday afternoon, TPD Chief Wendell Franklin said the search for them had turned into a "recovery effort" after newfound video showed the children disappear into Mingo Creek.

Wagoner County received a 911 call late Tuesday about a possible body in the Verdigris River near Lock and Dam 17, south of Wagoner.

Officials say Wagoner County Emergency Management recovered a child's body from the navigational channel about 50 minutes after the 911 call came in.

The medical examiner's office is working to identify the body, which police have described as a young female.

The recovery effort is ongoing and now includes the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office, Cherokee Nation Marshal Servce, Fort Gibson Fire Department, Muskogee County Emergency Management, Okay Fire Department, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Rogers County Sheriff's Office.

Miracle and Tony's mother, Donisha Willis, was arrested on charges of child neglect and assaulting an officer.