MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 10, 2013

Found wet, naked in guitar case

Checotah man treated after he broke through ice, fell into pond

By Elizabeth Ridenour
Phoenix City Editor

— A Checotah man was rescued Tuesday after he was found wet and naked south of Muskogee in a guitar case.

Zackery Aders, 31, was treated Tuesday evening at EASTAR Health System and was released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

He was taken to EASTAR by Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service with non-life-threatening injuries, a spokeswoman said.

Aders misfortune began as he was trying to walk from Gore to Checotah and got lost, said Charles Pearson, Muskogee County sheriff.

“He was walking out on the icy pond, and it caved it on him,” Pearson said. “He took all his clothes off and got in a guitar case. He was in the guitar case trying to keep warm after he fell in the pond.”

People who were checking on their cattle found Aders around 3 p.m. in the southern part of Muskogee County near Oklahoma 2. Aders wet clothes were piled up nearby, he said.

“Some concerned citizens got out with him and called us,” Pearson said.

In addition to EMS, three Muskogee County Sheriff’s deputies arrived as well as Porum police and area volunteer firefighters, Pearson said.

“They had to walk back in there to find him,” he said. “He was so cold he couldn’t even talk.”

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature at approximately 3 p.m. was 35 degrees, and the wind chill was 21.

Reach Elizabeth Ridenour at (918) 684-2929 or eridenour@muskogeephoenix.com.