Manhunt continues in Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for murder suspect

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COMANCHE COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — A manhunt continues Thursday in the Comanche County area for a suspect wanted for a child’s death in Norman Wednesday morning.

It all started Wednesday about 8 p.m. when the Comanche County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect’s pickup near the Wichita Mountains.

Christopher James Trent, 38, is to be considered extremely dangerous.

Wednesday morning the Norman Police Department found the boy inside a house who was not breathing.

CPR was administered but the child was pronounced dead at the hospital.

It was there where signs of possible child abuse and physical trauma were discovered.

A warrant was issued for Trent Wednesday night after an initial investigation led investigators to believe the 2-year-old had been in the care of Trent who authorities said is the child’s mother’s live-in boyfriend.

Trent was not at home when officers arrived, but Trent’s vehicle was located in Medicine Park Wednesday night.

Park rangers, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Comanche County Sheriff’s office have been conducting a search since about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

At last check, Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley said drones and dogs will be surveying the area.

“We’re not for sure if he is still here, but we want to try to make sure for the citizens of this community that he is not here,” Stradley said. “It depends on what comes in if the dogs pick up a scent, and it looks like he went on the road or something and got out of here. It just depends on what we come up with, right now we’re not ready to leave. We’re trying to find him.”

Stradley said the sheriff’s office are no strangers to Trent because, about six months ago, they were called about him possibly being a danger to himself.

Residents are being advised to remain cautious and to report anyone suspicious to the sheriff’s office or call 911.

According to authorities, Trent is not on parole.

Trent’s criminal record includes assault and battery of a police officer in 2014 and driving under the influence.

He received a seven-year suspended sentence for the assault and is under the supervision of the department of corrections.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Trent or who has information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Norman Crime Stoppers at 405-366-STOP (7867).

This incident is still under investigation, so continue with Texoma’s Homepage for the latest on this situation.


UPDATE: Jan. 2, 12:58 p.m.

The Norman Police Department responded to the 700 block of Vicksburg Avenue at approximately 10:43 a.m. Wednesday in regards to a welfare check on a two-year-old male. Once on-scene, officers located the two-year-old male inside the residence not breathing.

EMSSTAT responded and begin providing CPR. The two-year-old male was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Upon arrival at the hospital, signs of possible child abuse and physical trauma were discovered.

The initial investigation led investigators to believe the two-year-old male had been in the care of the mother’s live-in boyfriend, 38-year-old Christopher James Trent, at the time of the abuse. Trent was not at the residence when officers arrived.

Investigators began working to locate Trent Wednesday afternoon. Overnight investigators received an arrest warrant for Trent for a complaint of first-degree murder.

Trent’s vehicle was located in Medicine Park, Oklahoma on Wednesday night. However, Trent remains outstanding. Norman police have requested the assistance of the Park Rangers, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Comanche County Sheriff’s Office to complete a search by ground and air for Trent in the area of the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge.

This search is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Trent or who has information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Norman Crime Stoppers at 405-366-STOP (7867).

The incident remains under investigation.


UPDATE: Jan. 2, 10:45 a.m.

Please be advised that law enforcement have closed and blocked both the Meers gate and the Medicine Park gates while they search for the suspect.

The refuge east of Meers Road is closed. This closure includes Quetone Point, Mt. Scott, and Lake Elmer Thomas.

Local traffic and commuters should be prepared to seek alternate routes to their destinations.


UPDATE: Jan. 2, 10:02 a.m.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Christopher J. Trent, 38, has been identified as the murder suspect in Thursday’s emergency alert.

According to officials, Trent is not on parole, but he is under the supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. He has also never been to prison, officials said.

His criminal record includes assault and battery of a police officer in 2014 and driving under the influence. He received a seven-year suspended sentence for the assault and is under supervision of the Department of Corrections.


COMANCHE COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — The Comanche County Sheriff’s Office is alerting residents to a dangerous situation. Be extremely vigilant when leaving your house this morning and report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office or 911.

A murder suspect’s car was found near the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and he is believed to still be in the area.

Numerous law enforcement agencies are conducting ground and air searches for this individual.

All residents in the area are advised that this suspect is considered extremely dangerous, and the Sheriff’s Office asks that if you see anyone suspicious, to contact the Sheriff’s Office or 911.

The suspect is a white male, 6 feet tall, weighing 190 pounds, and in his late 30s.

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