Sheriff hopes FBI profile leads to woman's killer

Monday, December 10th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

CHEYENNE, Okla. (AP) _ The sheriff of Roger Mills County hopes an FBI profile will shed some light on who bludgeoned an 89-year-old woman to death in her home four months ago.

The body of Luella ``Granny'' Wright was found in the bedroom of her home July 28. Since then, the case has grown cold due to a lack of clues.

``I don't know if this FBI profile will help or not,'' Sheriff Joe Hay said. ``But I can tell you this much: I hope it works because we don't have anything else. Nothing.''

The killer left no fingerprints, shoeprints, blood, signs of a forced entry or apparent motive. No items were stolen from the home. Nor did medical examiners find evidence of sexual assault.

``Where does that leave us?'' Hay asked. ``Nowhere.''

An FBI profile would give Hay's office a potential psychological portrait of the killer. But he and his staff must be patient, because they were told the profile would take at least two months to compile at FBI headquarters in Virginia.

That timeline was given before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

``I'm sure everything has been pushed back because of September 11,'' Hay said. ``I know it's going to put our profile off for a while, but we're definitely not going to give up on it. We can't. That's all we got.''

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of Wright's killer.

Wright's killing is the first documented murder in Cheyenne since 1980. It also has triggered suspicion in an otherwise quiet, rural county. Licenses to carry concealed weapons have doubled in the county since it happened.

``One woman summed it up best,'' Hay said. ``She said she doesn't feel comfortable at night until she reaches over on her bed stand and taps the cold steel of her revolver.''

Anyone with information can call the OSBI at (800) 522-8017, or the Roger Mills County Sheriff's Department at (580) 497-2417.