Police, Family Desperate For Answers Surrounding Downtown Tulsa Death


Tuesday, March 31st 2015, 7:40 pm
By: News On 6


The family of a man found dead in a downtown Tulsa street last Monday morning is desperate for answers.

Morgan Weaver's death has everyone, from police to the medical examiner, stumped as to how he died.

Police said they have no idea how Weaver ended up dead in the street. They said they don't know if he was robbed, run over by a car or dumped out of a car; and the clues they have aren't giving them much help.

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Weaver's dad, Kenneth Nickell still can't believe his oldest son is dead.

"It's the most painful thing I've ever experienced and I haven't even felt the full weight of it yet," he said.

Nickell said his son was a loving brother to his younger siblings.

"He did card tricks, he told jokes. He had the best smile. He always wanted everybody to be in a good mood He had a big heart," Nickell said.

When Weaver was 17 he got involved in drugs which led to legal troubles, so he was wearing an ankle bracelet and living in a half-way house.

But, Weaver was getting his life back on track, having just received his GED.

On the day he died Weaver was trying to raise rent money and asked a roommate to drive him to the plasma center in downtown Tulsa on Monday, March 23rd around 7:15 a.m.

His ankle monitor shows he left there around 7:25, then shows he was at an intersection a block away at 7:33; after that his ankle monitor went dead.

His text messages continued until 9:55 a.m., but six minutes later a citizen called 911 to say they found him dead.

"There's no blood at the scene, no evidence of a death other than the body, no guns, no knives, no anything. From the front, he looks like a normal 22-23 year old," Tulsa Police Officer, Matt Rose said.

Police said he had trauma to the back of his head and upper back, but nothing else to say how he died or where.

Surveillance video from MTTA buses shows one minute Weaver's not there, and when the next bus goes by five minutes later he is there. It doesn't show him walking there, getting hit or getting dumped.

The not knowing is killing his family.

"I need somebody to come forward and give me these answers. I need it more than I need food right now," Nickell said.

Police searching for answers, and ask anyone who saw what happened on the street or knows where Weaver was that morning, to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.