FORT GIBSON —
A three-day excavation in historic Fort Gibson was called off Wednesday after authorities were unable to find any clues into the disappearance of Stephan Adams.
Workers began clearing away an old cistern on Monday after receiving a tip that Adams, a Northeastern State University student who disappeared in 2004, might have been buried there.
“I believe they reached the point where the experts, the archaeologists, knew they’d reached the level in the cistern that pre-dated 2004,” District Attorney Brian Kuester said. “They decided to move off-site.”
Kuester said authorities have concluded excavations for now, and are unaware of any other potential locations to search.
“However, there are other leads being followed up on as we speak,” Kuester said Wednesday evening.
This week’s search followed a two-day search in the Horseshoe Bend area of Keys, where crews conducted similar digs hoping to find the remains of Adams. Authorities used ground-penetrating radar on the Keys property to pinpoint to areas of interest, but excavations revealed no new evidence.
Adams was last seen in the Keys or Cookson area in December 2004, after he called his girlfriend and told her he was taking an unidentified man to the Keys area.
Neither Adams nor his truck have been located, but the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation an- nounced in December they had pinpointed “persons of interest” and need more information to close the case.
YOU CAN HELP
If you know anything about the disappearance of Stephan Adams in 2004, contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017; the Tahlequah Police Department at (918) 456-8801; the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at (918) 456-2583; or the tip line established by the DA at (918) 207-6019. Tips can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.