An OCU baseball player missing for almost a week returned unharmed, according to his family.
“He just walked in the door a few minutes ago,” said Terry Viner, the student’s father. “I know he’s safe and he’s home.”
Dalton Viner’s family reported he was home at about 6 p.m. Sept. 18.
Viner’s family filed a missing persons report Sept. 16 with the Midwest City Police Department, Assistant Chief Sid Porter said.
“We understand that he had been upset over some family matters,” Porter said.
Viner, 21, 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.
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.