Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

August 13, 2013

Man’s death thought to be an accident

TAHLEQUAH — jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

Cherokee County sheriff’s investigators are looking into the death of a man who was found Monday morning in his camper along the Illinois River.

Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said investigators do not suspect foul play in the death of Greg Lane, 55, who was found in his camper at Eagle Bluff sometime after 7 a.m.

One of Lane’s co-workers was asked to check on Lane  and discovered the body, authorities said.

Deputy Dexter Scott and Investigator James Brown responded to the scene, along with EMS, and found Lane’s body with a pistol and a shotgun in the camper.

Chennault said it appears Lane was cleaning the handgun when it fired, and the bullet struck him in the chest.

Lane’s body was released to the state medical examiner, who will determine the official cause and manner of death.

“Investigators took the gun and are going to send it off for prints,” said Chennault. "But at this time, it looks like it was just an accident.”

Chennault said Lane lived in the camper along the river.

Investigators said the shooting likely occurred Sunday night.

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