Missing Tulsa woman

Tuesday, March 13th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Police hope for the best but fear the worst in the case of a missing Tulsa woman. She's 92 years old and nearly deaf, but, independent enough to live on her own.

KOTV's crime reporter Lori Fullbright explains why detectives suspect Thelma Garrett is the victim of foul play. No one has actually seen Garrett since the end of January, she was reported missing on February 22nd and two days later, officers found her car, several blocks south of her home. They found several items that didn't look like they belonged to her and most frightening of all, they found what looks like blood in the trunk.

Garrett has no family in this area, at one time; she ran a couple of hotels in California and was married. She's living in North Tulsa in a home that belonged to her aunt. Garrett met a friend through a Tulsa law firm that's been helping her get groceries and run errands. That friend, Gwen Hunter, says Garrett trusted few people and lived in fear. "We found out why she was so scared. She used to sleep during the day and stay awake all night. We found an article that showed she and her aunt had been robbed in the 80's."

Tulsa Police Officer Lucky Lamons says, "It's not that she had a lot of money, but, she did have some and she's 92 and she can't defend herself." Garrett didn't even answer the door for the pizza delivery people; instead, she taped their money to her screen door. Both the gate to Garrett's home and her front door were unlocked, which was unusual.

If anyone's seen her or knows who might've been hanging around Garrett's house, you can call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS.