The Edmond Sun

October 10, 2012

OCSO gives AG Luther fire investigation paperwork

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office investigators have completed their investigation into the Luther fire and presented paperwork to a grand jury, a spokesman said.

In August, The Edmond Sun reported the sheriff’s office was offering a nearly $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever was responsible for causing the Luther fire that began on Aug. 3.

Authorities said the fire burned 2,621 acres and damaged or destroyed about 50 structures. At least 75 Oklahoma County deputies worked the fire, along with personnel from many other agencies; three OCSO investigators were assigned to the criminal investigation.

In audio of a 911 call released by the OCSO, a witness who had just exited the turnpike and was on 150th Street reported seeing a male driving a pickup truck throw something out of the vehicle and a fire start nearby.

On Wednesday, OCSO spokesman Mark Myers said the agency has completed its investigation and submitted its findings for consideration by the 14th multicounty grand jury.

Myers would not say if the agency had a person of interest in the case. He did say that to go from where they were to this point is a credit to the investigators’ determination.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt requested the convening of the next grand jury on Sept. 12. Session dates have yet to be determined. The grand jurors meet at the AG’s office building in Oklahoma City to hear testimony 2-3 days a week during an 18-month period. Testimony is closed to the public.

Myers said the sheriff’s office will still take tips from the public in the case. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office at 869-2501. | 341-2121, ext. 108