Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden said Monday the apparent death of a Skiatook woman was being investigated. The woman’s family confirmed a body found Sunday along Hominy Creek was that of Laura Pace, 51, of Skiatook, the sheriff said.


The medical examiner’s office had not yet issued an official ruling as to the identity of the deceased, he said.


Pace was last seen alive about 1 a.m. Thursday at Walmart in Skiatook, Virden said. Video reportedly confirmed that she left the store, where she worked, alone and not being followed by anyone.


Skiatook police put out a missing person report on Pace, Virden said. Pace’s vehicle was found not far from a bridge over Hominy Creek. The vehicle had reportedly been in that spot since early Thursday, he said.


Law enforcement searches using a variety of methods proved unsuccessful, but searching continued through the weekend with help from private citizens. A body was spotted late Sunday afternoon, and the body was recovered by perhaps 7 p.m., Virden said. He credited the use of kayaks on Hominy Creek with generating the breakthrough.


Virden said a careful investigation into Pace’s disappearance and apparent death was ongoing.