Deputies locate shooting victim

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The search for a missing Oklahoma City man who reported being kidnapped and shot commenced in southern Pottawatomie County Tuesday morning, with sheriff’s deputies using pings from his cell phone to locate him in a field in the Trousdale Road area. Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies assisted in locating the man, but Oklahoma City police are investigating this case, which began in their jurisdiction. Oklahoma City officers were called about 7:20 a.m. to a business on Southwest 29th Street to take a report on a missing person. When officers arrived, they learned employees had called police after 56-year-old Larry Cawthon showed up for work, then went missing sometime between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., according to an OCPD report. The man’s vehicle was missing as well. OCPD said as officers began trying to ping Cawthon’s cell phone to trace it to the nearest tower, they were notified by Pottawatomie County that Cawthon had called the 911 center answered in Tecumseh and reported that he had been shot. The pings from the cell phone placed him in southern Pottawatomie County, as he reported he was on a gravel road surrounded by farm land, scanner reports said. Pottawatomie County Undersheriff Dave Balleweg said deputies, who knew that area well, coordinated a search by ground as Oklahoma City had its police helicopter searching by air. Using pings as their guide, deputies estimated the man’s general area based on the cell tower he was hitting during use of his cell phone. Deputies located his vehicle, which was found partially burned, along SH 102, about five miles north of SH 39. Scanner traffic was frantic as deputies searched a broad area in efforts to find the gunshot victim. Deputies found the man about three-fourths of a mile from his vehicle. He had been shot and was taken by Medi Flight helicopter ambulance to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he was admitted in critical condition. Through initial investigation, OCPD said Cawthon reported being kidnapped by two Hispanic males and two white males. He told officers the suspects were possibly in a maroon vehicle. Anyone with information about the man’s kidnapping is encouraged to contact the Oklahoma City Police Department’s Homicide Tip Line at 405-297-1200. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.