Broken Arrow Police investigate death of 74 year old resident

Wednesday, July 10th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Broken Arrow Police are still investigating the city's first homicide this year. 74 year old Wayne Lee was found stabbed in his home around six o'clock Tuesday evening.

News on Six reporter Patrina Adger says the police say the victim might have been killed several days ago. A car, which was apparently stolen from Lee's home after he was killed, was found in Tulsa Wednesday afternoon.

A worker at a nearby beauty salon says the car had been there for several days. Xiomara Pratt works at the "One Step Ahead' beauty salon on Mohawk and Lewis. The shop is closed on Sundays, so she was surprised to see a white Lincoln town car parked there Sunday evening. "I usually work on Mondays, so I came back to work the next day, it was here all day Monday, all day yesterday and I was here and asked the owner if she knew who's vehicle it was, she didn't know."

That car belonged to 74-year old Wayne Lee. Broken Arrow Police say the car was apparently stolen by the person who murdered Lee at his home.

Police say Lee's friends were worried about him and went by to check on him and peeked through a window to see Lee's body on the floor. Police arrived to find Lee had been stabbed multiple times in the chest and torso. A neighbor, Emily Lambert, says she saw Lee just a few days ago. "I was taking my dog for a walk and he was out with his dogs, and I just passed and said "Hi!"

Broken Arrow Police are searching the man's house, looking for clues. Captain Kevin Marks says the house doesn't show signs of forced entry. "It was not uncommon for him to have a lot of friends and associates at the house. He was not reclusive by any means from what we're able to gather."

The murder has the neighborhood scared. And residents hoping the killer is caught soon. "It's kind of unnerving when you're sleeping at night." Police are talking to friends and family of Lee and to anyone who may have seen him before he was murdered.

If you have any information in this case, call the Broken Arrow Police at 259-8400.