Officials are asking for the public’s help locating a 21-year-old OCU student.
Dalton Viner was reported missing Sept. 14, according to reports.
Viner’s family reported his disappearance to the Midwest City Police Department, according to a Sept. 17 email from university officials.
Viner was traveling between his house near campus and his family’s home in Choctaw for several days after classes and practices before his disappearance. Viner was last seen Sept. 12, according to Facebook posts from family, friends and coaches. He wasn’t reported missing for a couple of days because both his roommates and his parents thought he was at the other’s residence.
Viner is thought to be driving a gray 2013 Toyota Camry hybrid with temporary paper Texas tags, according to the Facebook posts. He is described as 6 foot 3 and weighing 220 pounds. He has dark blonde hair and blue eyes.
It is Viner’s first year at OCU after transferring from San Jacinto College, a junior college in Houston. Before playing in Houston, Viner attended Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. He was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 2013 Amateur Draft and by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2014 Amateur Draft. He graduated from Choctaw High School in 2012.
Denney Crabaugh, OCU’s head baseball coach, asked his players not to discuss Viner’s disappearance, according to several players contacted Sept. 17 by MediaOCU. Crabaugh declined to comment Sept. 17, referring MediaOCU to the university’s public relations director.
OCU Police Chief Bradd Brown and Leslie Berger, director of public relations, said all inquires should go to the Midwest City Police Department.
“Midwest City is handling the entire investigation, so we’re just cooperating with them,” said Leslie Berger, director of public relations for OCU.
Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes was unavailable at about 7 p.m. Sept. 17. Viner’s parents did not answer a call at about the same time from MediaOCU.
Anyone with information about Viner’s disappearance should call the Midwest City Police Department at 405-739-1306