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Jessica Brown
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 09/24/08                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           


Missing Duncan Attorney's Body Found

Search crews consisting of Durant police officers, national guardsmen and OSBI agents discovered the body of missing Duncan attorney Charles Barnes about 11:30 this morning in a wooded area two miles from his lake home on Lake Texoma at Washita Point.   It appears the 57-year-old man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.   However, the medical examiner’s office will determine the official cause and manner of death.

Law enforcement had been searching for Barnes since last Thursday when OSBI agents served search warrants at his Duncan office and lake home.  Earlier in the month Barnes was charged with embezzlement.  Since then, several more people came forward indicating Barnes had also embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from them.  OSBI agents wanted to interview Barnes about these new allegations.