Zaiven Wyatt Houke found drowned in lake after search efforts

Zaiven Wyatt Houke

Hopes were dashed after a missing four-year-old was found dead in Oklahoma on Tuesday night.

Zaiven Wyatt Houke was last seen alive Monday in the community of Emerald Bay west of Checotah, Oklahoma, about an hour and 45 minutes east of Oklahoma City. At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a blue and white pull-up diaper.

According to the Lake Patrol Division of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the boy, who was autistic and nonverbal, reportedly drowned in nearby Lake Eufaula shortly after he disappeared the same day.

In an opinion obtained from Tulsa FOX subsidiary KOKI, the OHP Lake Patrol said it reviewed video footage showing the child running towards a lakeside dock earlier this week before attempting to bypass a locked gate restricting access to the dock. While trying to find his way around the gate, the boy fell into the water and never emerged.

“As I said, I can only imagine what she’s going through,” volunteers Adam Barnes told the TV station. “I would move heaven and earth.”

Just before 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, the worst was confirmed.

Houke’s body was found in seven feet of water about 42 feet south of shore, the OHP Lake Patrol said.

Until the terrible discovery, the boy’s mother remained optimistic.

“Given the circumstances, all I ask is that everyone be vigilant and don’t give up,” Houke’s mother said Brittany Hatcher said in a statement released on Tuesday. “My son is deeply missed and loved and all we want is for him to be home. I want to thank the church, all law enforcement, those who came out to search and everyone who prayed. You are all greatly appreciated.”

The search for the boy has required significant and sustained efforts from law enforcement, civil society and local volunteer groups. according to Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV.

“We searched on site, we searched by boat, we searched the lake and ponds, OHP and their helicopters came in,” McIntosh County Emergency Management Director said Susan Whittle said the TV station on Tuesday.

“I think about it as if it were my child,” voluntarily Rocky Webb added. “So we’re here to help in any way we can to find this little boy. So my heart goes out to the family. So we hope we can do something good.”

At least five state, county and local law enforcement agencies and other public agencies participated in the searches.

More than 200 people took part in the multi-day search for Zaiven Houke. Volunteers, law enforcement and even the Red Cross have been looking on foot, horseback and in the air since he disappeared on April 10, 2022.

The 4-year-old left his home through an open door shortly before noon on the day in question, police said. The front yard of the boy’s home was quickly converted into a makeshift search command center for the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department.

[image via McIntosh County Sheriff Department]

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James Brien

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