Missing Oklahoma teen’s cell phone found; more questions surface

KANSAS, Okla. — The family of a missing Delaware County teen is planning a large-scale search in hopes of turning up clues to his whereabouts.

Trey Glass, 19, of Kansas, Oklahoma has been missing since December 15.

Emma Sanders, Glass’s cousin and the family spokesperson, said cadaver dogs and people in kayaks have searched the area where he was last seen in rural Delaware County. Quapaw Search and Rescue also searched the area where he was last seen and found his cell phone on the side of Road 550 on Dec. 23, she said.

Recent searches have turned up sunglasses and clothes that Sanders believes belong to the missing teen.

Trey Glass
Trey Glass

A large-scale search is planned for Feb. 10, Sanders said.  The family hopes to have 200 volunteers visit some former search sites and search new places where two of Glass’s friends live.

Sanders said Glass was with two friends – a juvenile – and a 23-year-old man and at different times the three got into an argument in the days preceding his disappearance.

“Both gave conflicting statements to law enforcement,” Sanders said.

Glass was finishing his senior year at Kansas Public Schools when he disappeared.

“He left home on December 15 but was last seen at Wilkerson’s Ranch on December 19,” Sanders said.

Wilkerson’s Ranch is owned by former Kansas Police Chief Mike Wilkerson.

“He was in Wilkerson’s backyard,” Sanders said.

The former police chief offered him a ride home, but Glass said no – but did ask if he could cut through his field, she said.

“He (Wilkerson) said ‘You sound intoxicated – let me give you a ride home,’” Sanders said.

Glass denied Wilkerson’s offer of assistance, she said.

“He hopped over the fence, crossed the Cherokee Turnpike and headed toward the apartments,” Sanders said.

The apartments are located in Kansas, Oklahoma on Cherokee Street.

While the family has received no direct information about Glass’ whereabouts they have received many secondhanded messages, Sanders said.

“We get people calling or texting saying they heard this or that,” Sanders said.

A woman from a non-profit Tulsa-based feeding program said she was distributing meals to the homeless and was very sure she gave a meal and blanket to Glass on January 25, she said.

Glass’s disappearance is being handled by the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and the MMIW organization. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s mission is to combat the widespread issue of violence against American Indian individuals.

Sanders said her family are members of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.

Glass is 5’7”, 130 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and pants. Glass is also said to have a medical condition. He has a small heart tattoo on his pinky finger and a seven-inch scar on the back of his leg.

Persons with information on Glass are encouraged to call the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office at (918) 253-4531 or Cherokee Nation Marshal Service investigator Bronson McNiel at (918) 207-3800.

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