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Investigations open for missing Osage woman

 

The Osage Nation Police Department and the Tulsa Police Department have opened investigations into the disappearance of Walkeen “Keenie” Wahwassuck, a Pawhuska native who went missing March 14.

According to a flyer by Wahwussuck’s family, she was last seen about 1 p.m. March 14 near the Indian Health Resource Center at 550 S. Peoria Ave. in Tulsa.

She was driving a tan-gold, four door, 2005 Chevrolet Malibu with tinted windows, a front license plate that reads “Classic” and an Osage Nation tag of ON10674.

According to a Tulsa World article, a missing persons case has been filed in Tulsa County and Osage Nation tribal police are extending the search as far as Kansas City, Osage Police Chief Nick Williams said.

Physical description is Native American female, 5 feet 4 inches tall, and 150 pounds to 160 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes and is approximately 35 years old. She has no ID, no money and no cell phone on her, Williams said.

Wahwassuck’s family, the Gray family of the Osage In-Lon-Schka Pawhuska District (her uncle is former principal chief Jim Gray), has posted flyers and Facebook messages, which have spread quickly across the social network.

This message reads on an updated flyer, posted by her family.

“Keenie, IF you see this, please call us. We are ALL terribly worried about you. Let us know you are ok, and we will come get you.”

Wahwassuck is a long-time employee of the Osage Nation and works in the Mail Room, delivering mail to all the programs on the Osage Campus. She is culturally active in Osage ceremonies.

Williams said that ONPD has made contact with Indian Country Today, the Tulsa World, and is working closely with the Tulsa Police Department. He said he has made contact with the Indian Health Resource Center in Tulsa to see if they have any video to verify the time she was last seen at the center.

An alert has been issued in all law enforcement agencies around the country, he said.

“We’ve been tracking down every available lead that comes to us,” he said. “We would just like to ask the public if they’ve seen Keenie [Wahwassuck] to ask her to contact us or her family to let us know she’s okay.”

If anyone has any information on Wahwassuck’s whereabouts they are to call the Osage Nation Police Department at 918-287-5510 or 800-286-1867, or the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 918-287-3131.