We’re hearing from the man who found the body of Stephen McNair. McNair is the father of four at the center of a hit and run case in Atoka.
His body was found Wednesday morning. Investigators have a person of interest but have not said if there have been any arrests.
An autopsy has been scheduled to determine McNair’s exact cause of death.
The District Attorney, Mark Davidson would only add, “This is a very complex case.”
As for the man who called 9-1-1, his name is Charles Ferguson. In an interview via Skype, Ferguson said he believes it was fate that had him passing through Tipton County Wednesday.
“I wasn’t scheduled to be there that day,” said Charles Ferguson. “It was supposed to be another driver.”
The trucker from Indiana said he was passing through the area when he noticed a cop car making a traffic stop ahead. That’s when he looked down at the road.
“All the things had to come together for me to find that body,” he said. “The cop stopping for whatever reason he was stopping for. Me on that load. Me leaving at that time of the day.”
Ferguson said he’s seen a lot of things on the open road but something about the body in the middle of the median didn’t feel right.
“With no one else around it made me think that something felt wrong about the situation,” said Ferguson. “So, I called the cops.”
He said he gave dispatch a description of what he saw.
“I believe I saw a man in blue jeans and a red t-shirt,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if he was moving or not.”
Following local news, he now knows the name of the victim, Stephen McNair. It’s a name he won’t soon forget. Ferguson is hoping police make an arrest. He said this story hits close to home.
“I lost my father to a motorcycle accident and my mom passed away from cancer so the fact that he was a father of four really hit my heart,” he said.”
He had this message for McNair’s family.
“My thoughts and prayers are with you. Just stay strong,” he said. “The pain will never ease from losing any family member but just stay strong and stick together.”
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