Murder Victim's Car Recovered

Friday, November 21st 2008, 12:05 pm
By: News On 6

By Emory Bryan, News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Police say they're working plenty of leads, less than 24 hours after a horrible murder. 89-year-old Roland Buck was found in his home Thursday night bound and beaten. 

Police photographed the murder scene Thursday night and quickly realized one of the best leads was missing, the victim's car. It was a silver, Toyota sedan.

Friday morning police found it and started searching it for clues.

"We have found the victims car and are working through those leads now," said TPD Sgt. Mike Huff.

Huff described the murder as vicious.

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

The victim is 89-year-old Roland Buck. He lived alone and was found dead by two nephews who had taken him fishing last Sunday.

Police at the scene said Mr. Buck's hands and feet were bound with duct tape and he had been beaten. It's been for a couple of days

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

Rhodes grew up just down the street and knew Mr. Buck.

"He was a little man, frail he didn't weigh 110 pounds, a little man," said Rhodes.

Rhodes says Mr. Buck still drove his car some and still mowed his grass, but had recently become more frail. She cannot believe that he would have put up any fight with a burglar.

"He didn't get out and do a lot of work, he couldn't he wasn't able," said Rhodes.

Police say there's no indication Mr. Buck knew his attacker, but they're not sure yet what happened.

"Just an elderly man living out his life who shouldn't have met these circumstances," said Huff.

Anyone with information about his death is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS.

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