Probe Continues Into Elderly Man's Death


Monday, November 24th 2008, 5:47 pm
By: News On 6


By Chris Wright, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Tulsa Police continue to look for a second person of interest in connection with last week's killing of an 89-year-old man.  Roland Buck was found dead in his home on Thursday.  TPD has already arrested one man in connection with the murder.  Now, they are looking for a second person they believe may have done some odd jobs for Buck and may know more about the crime.

It's a murder that police have described as bizarre.

"This is a unique situation to have someone of this character be murdered under these circumstances," said Tulsa Police Sgt. Mike Huff.

Roland Buck, who lived alone, was found inside his home Thursday.  Authorities say the 89-year-old man's hands and feet were bound; he had been beaten, and was dead for several days.

"It's just awful.  I can't imagine anybody being that mean," said neighbor Terry Rhodes.

Buck's car, a Silver Toyota sedan was stolen from the home.

Last Tuesday, 24-year-old William Nichols was stopped for speeding and arrested on outstanding warrants.  Police say they later realized Nichols was driving Buck's Toyota.  He is now facing first degree murder and robbery charges.

Police are now looking for another man, 29-year-old Francisco "Frank" Torres.  He is five foot seven, 170 pounds, has black hair, brown eyes with teardrop tattoos under each eye.

TPD says he may have performed some odd jobs for Buck.

According to police, an associate of Nichols told him he and a man named Frank waited in Buck's garage, pulled him into the house when he came home, and stole his car.

Police are now looking for help finding Torres, and hope to figure out exactly why anyone would beat an 89-year-old man to death.

Buck was discovered by his two nephews, who became suspicious after they hadn't heard from him in a few days.

Anyone with any information about Buck's murder is urged to call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS or text Tip 918 plus the information to CRIMES.

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