Tulsa Police Suspect Foul Play In Elderly Man's Disappearance

Sunday, August 8th 2010, 12:22 pm
By: News On 6

By Chris Wright, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- The mysterious disappearance of a Tulsa man is baffling family and friends.

Thomas Martin, 70, vanished in June. Six weeks later, investigators have yet to figure out what happened to him. 

Tulsa Police suspect foul play, but have no real leads at this point. His son says there is nothing about Martin's disappearance that makes any sense.

Chris Martin spoke with his father Thomas every other day. His mother and siblings have passed away, leaving behind only father and son.

Chris last spoke to his father on June 27th. When he called the following day, there was no answer. When Chris showed up at his father's West Tulsa home, there was no sign of him.

"It does not make any sense whatsoever. He wouldn't have left without telling anyone, he would have let us know something," said Chris Martin.

His father's medication was left behind, as well as his beloved dogs. Chris says Martin rarely traveled anywhere without them.

Martin's vehicle was in the driveway, but there was blood found inside. Chris says his father had no history of dementia, and was fit enough to ride his bicycle nearly every day.

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"Everybody knows he was a great guy. He spoke to everyone when he walked by, rode by," said Chris.

Neighbors echo those sentiments. Martin has lived in the same home since the 1960's. Lee Williams has lived nearby for 14 of those years.

"He's been a good neighbor all the years I've lived here. He's been a good friend," said Williams.

And as the weeks pass, and the mystery mounts, Chris is anxiously awaiting answers.

"It's hard. I just do not know what's happened. I hope someone can tell us," said Chris.

Investigators say Martin's PIKEPASS was activated at 1:32 p.m. June 27 and again at 2:30 a.m. June 28 at the Coweta Entry Plaza.

If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS or the Tulsa Police Department at (918) 596-9222.