Body found in Broken Bow Lake confirmed to be missing woman Alyssa Walker-Donaldson

Alyssa Walker-Donaldson, 24, was reported missing by family members on Feb. 5, 2022.
Alyssa Walker-Donaldson, 24, was reported missing by family members on Feb. 5, 2022.(Carla Giddens)
Published: Feb. 10, 2022 at 10:31 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 10, 2022 at 10:35 AM CST
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McCURTAIN COUNTY, Okla. (KSLA) - A dive team searching Broken Bow Lake in McCurtain County pulled a body from a submerged vehicle Thursday morning (Feb. 10).

LIVE from Broken Bow Lake in McCurtain Co., Okla.

Tayler Davis KSLA and Alexandria Savage News are live at Broken Bow Lake in McCurtain County, Okla. where dive teams have pulled a vehicle out of the water. The vehicle belongs to missing woman, Alyssa Walker-Donaldson. A body is reportedly in the vehicle, but no ID has been released yet>>> https://bit.ly/34rUCBc

Posted by KSLA News 12 on Thursday, February 10, 2022

Sheriff Kevin Clardy confirms the body is that of 24-year-old Alyssa Walker-Donaldson, who was reported missing by family members on Feb. 7.

The sheriff says there are no immediate signs of foul play. A toxicology analysis will be performed. The sheriff says there is no indication that the case is connected to the escaped inmates in the area, as many had speculated. Family members have been notified of the death.

Family members and friends were gathered at the lake beginning around 8 a.m. Thursday waiting for the dive team to bring the vehicle out of the water.

Sheriff Clardy says airplanes and drones were searching the area for two days for Walker-Donaldson before she was discovered in the lake. Oklahoma Highway Patrol was contacted to assist since they have jurisdiction over the water. At that point, it was confirmed there was a body inside the vehicle.

McCurtain County Sheriff Kevin Clardy is speaking with Alexandria Savage News and Tayler Davis KSLA with the latest details regarding missing woman Alyssa Walker-Donaldson>>> https://bit.ly/3GGj8eI

Posted by KSLA News 12 on Thursday, February 10, 2022

The sheriff also says many hours of video footage were reviewed. At this time, there’s no indication of foul play and no suspects in the case. An autopsy will be performed. The sheriff says there was nothing out of place inside the vehicle, but that it did have damage to the front end.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol will continue the investigation into how Walker-Donaldson wound up in the lake.

Sheriff Clardy says they are trying to make contact with a man Walker-Donaldson was reportedly seen arguing with before she left The Watering Hole. He says that man is currently in Texas and is returning in order to speak with deputies.

UPDATE: First responders are accessing Broken Bow Lake in Hochatown where 24-year-old mother Alyssa Walker-Donaldson’s car was found. Alexandria Savage and Tayler Davis just arrived at the lake » https://bit.ly/3syTPq3

Posted by KSLA News 12 on Thursday, February 10, 2022

Walker-Donaldson was last seen at a bar along U.S. 259 and was headed to another bar about a mile down the road when she vanished. On Wednesday, Feb. 9, her vehicle was discovered in the water near the southern tip of the lake. A sonar airplane found the vehicle in about 20 feet of water near the boat ramp at Stevens Gap Road.

The McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office had been searching for Walker-Donaldson for several days, following up on numerous leads and tips. Dozens of volunteers from the community were also searching for the missing woman, her aunt told KSLA Wednesday morning.

Dive team to search Broken Bow Lake for missing woman

Tayler Davis KSLA and Alexandria Savage News are on their way to the Southern tip of Broken Bow lake where a dive team is expected to pull the vehicle of Alyssa Walker-Donaldson out of the water » https://bit.ly/3syTPq3

Posted by KSLA News 12 on Thursday, February 10, 2022

Walker-Donaldson was the mother of a young girl.

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