Family Hopes Surveillance Video Can Provide New Clues In Green Country Man's Disappearance


Monday, November 22nd 2010, 9:09 pm
By: News On 6


Lori Fullbright, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- There are new developments in the case of a missing Green Country man.

Police say John Baker is the kind of man who talks to his friends and family on a regular, even daily basis. But, it's now been six days and no one has seen him or heard from him.

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The last time his cell phone was used is last Wednesday afternoon.

John is close to his family and friends, so when he recently missed a fishing trip, they got worried and started calling his cell phone, but it went straight to voicemail.

John is 65 years old, in good health and lives near Cleveland, about an hour west of Tulsa. He just bought some rental property in north Tulsa last month and likes to play poker at Tulsa's casinos. He'd come to Tulsa to collect some money, and then texted a friend that he was going to play cards, but simply disappeared.

"In my heart, I don't know at this point, I feel there's foul play, it's just been too many days that have gone by," Carmen Matherly, John's daughter, said.

Carmen searched the casinos and was on her way to the police to report her dad missing when she saw his truck locked and abandoned on I-244 near Memorial. His ID and bank card were in the glove box.

"We do know he'd call a relative or friend or his brother if he had car trouble, so we're very concerned about his whereabouts and his well being at this point," said Tulsa Police Detective Mark Kennedy.

Carmen and her sons have been going through surveillance video at John's house, hoping to find some kind of a clue.  They say he had the system installed after a break-in last summer.

They did find one shot of a man they don't recognize at John's house the day after he disappeared and are hoping it's some kind of a lead and plan to give it to police Tuesday.  They are desperate for answers.

"If you've seen my dad, please, I'm begging people, if you've seen him in North Tulsa or the casinos, we just can't keep going through this," Carmen said.

Anyone with any information about John should call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS. The line is answered out of the country, so police never know who calls.