- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office says the deaths of five people in recent days are likely linked to a powerful weekend winter storm.

Spokesman Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that the dead include two women found outdoors in the Oklahoma City area, a duck hunter whose boat capsized on Kaw Lake and two suspected drowning victims in eastern Oklahoma. A search continues at the lake near Ponca City for a second missing hunter, but Johnson says the effort has been hampered because the water is too cold for divers.

Johnson identified the women as 38-year-old Tabitha Southerland in Oklahoma City and 66-year-old Betty Wright of Yukon. The likely drowning victims include 54-year-old Melissa Phillips of Bixby, and 36-year-old Darrell Sennett, whose pickup truck was swept off of a Pittsburg County road.

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