Osage Mother Missing in Tulsa
Updated March 23, 2012: Following a series of Facebook posts, it appears Keenie is safe and back in Tulsa. ICTMN will share more information as it comes in.
The family of Walkeen Wahwassuck, 36, is making an appeal to the public to help find their daughter, a mother of four, who went missing after a doctor’s appointment in Tulsa, Oklahoma on March 14, 2012.
Walkeen, or “Keenie” as her family calls her, left her family home in Pawhuska eight days ago for a medical appointment, and has not been seen since.
“We know she went to her appointment at the Indian Health Resource Center in Tulsa at 1 p.m. on March 14, but no one has seen her since then,” said her uncle, Louis Gray, coordinator at the Osage Nation Primary Residential Treatment Center.
“She didn’t show up or call into work the next day, and none of our family or friends here have seen or heard from her,” said Gray. “We’re really concerned about her, and we’ve been searching for her for a week now.”
The family filed a missing persons report with the Tulsa Police, Osage County Sheriffs Department, and the Osage Nation Police, all of whom are participating in the investigation.
Gray said the family also contacted the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, and that family members are reaching out to everyone who knows Keenie.
“We’ve been making trips into Tulsa and are searching all the places she is known to go and people she usually sees, but so far, there’s been nothing.”
The family is especially alarmed that there have been no banking transactions in her bank account since her disappearance and that her car is missing.
“We were up until four this morning in a family meeting, making plans about where to look and how best to work with detectives,” Gray said. “We won’t give up hope and we just want to bring her home.”
Gray said that a missing persons poster has been issued illustrating the type of car she was driving when last seen, a 2005 tan-gold Chevrolet Malibu with tinted windows and Osage Nation Tag # ON10674.
“We have no clues about what happened to her, but we have not given up hope that she will be found safe and sound,” said Gray. “We’re asking anyone who may have information about her to contact the police and our family.”
Wahwassuck is the daughter of Mary Bighorse of Pawhuska.
Osage Nation police chief Nicholas Williams said his personnel are working closely with police departments in Tulsa, in Osage County and in surrounding states.
“Keenie is a quiet, hardworking and very trusting person who works as a mail carrier at the Osage Nation, and this is unlike her to just disappear,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can to locate her and we need the public’s help.”
Anyone with information about Wahwassuck should contact the Osage Nation Police at (918) 287-5510 or toll free at (800) 286-1867, or contact the family at (918) 766-4530 or (918) 277-4118.
You may also contact the Osage County Sheriff at (918) 287-3131.