Two men haven't been heard from since March 25


Saturday, April 12th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


ALDERSON, Okla. (AP) -- Two men who mysteriously disappeared from a Pittsburg County garage haven't been heard from in nearly three weeks.

Ricky Joe Kutej, 43, and Rodger Lewis Osborn, 60, left the Oklahoma City metro area March 23 to spend a few days working at a shop near McAlester that Osborn owned.

Two days later, Pittsburg County sheriff's deputies found the shop abandoned with blood on the floor.

"The building was open with both their vehicles there and they're gone," Undersheriff D.G. "Stoney" Stonecipher said.

"Someone had been working on a bulldozer. There was an overturned ladder and a small amount of blood on the floor."

Stonecipher said investigators think someone could have fallen off the ladder, but area hospitals and ambulance services have no records of either man.

"It's kind of a mystery," Stonecipher said. "There seems to be several people in Alderson who had done trading with them. But since the 25th, no one has seen them. It's like they just vanished."

Kutej's father said he wasn't worried until he had not heard from his son for three days. Ricky Kutej usually checks on him because of his poor health, Joe Kutej said.

"Now I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever see him again," he said. "He wouldn't be gone this long without calling. He checks in with me to see if I need something. It's not like him."