66-year-old Woman Dies after Carjacking

Wednesday, October 18th 2006, 5:21 pm
By: News On 6

A 66-year-old woman, beaten up during a carjacking, has died and becomes the city's 48th homicide of the year.

Police have few clues to go on and need help finding answers for her grieving family.

News on 6 anchor Lori Fullbright explains how you can help solve the case.

Judith Wolfe had moved here from Pennsylvania. Her family is out of state and they didn't know she'd been beaten up and carjacked.

They didn't know she was in the hospital for 10 days. They didn't even know she'd died, until a full week afterward. Now, they are desperate for answers.

Judith Wolfe was 66 years old, the mother of two grown children and a grandmother of nine. Her family says she'd moved to Tulsa a couple of years ago.

She had been in a small apartment for while, then friends say she'd been living in her car with her belongings and her cat, Buttons.

We called her daughter in Pennsylvania.

"I can't believe this has even happened to my mother," says her daughter, Vicki Marshall. "She was too young, too young to go."

On Sunday, September 17th, a driver found Wolfe laying in the middle of the road in the 2700 block of South 101st East Avenue, covered by a blanket, Buttons still with her.

She was able to tell police what happened.

Cpl Chris Stout from the Major Crimes Unit says, "An unknown male opened the driver doo, got inside and started punching her in the head, shoved her to the floorboard, continued to assault her and punch her."

She came to on the pavement. She was in the hospital until she died on September 28th.

Police had a hard time notifying her family because her car was still missing. It was found backed into a spot at the Shoreline Apartments nearby.

"It's appalling," says Marshall. "I can't believe this is even happening. I never dreamed in a million years. You hear on the news all teh time, the crime, but, when it hits so close to home, the whole family is devastated."

Police hope anyone who saw Judith Wolfe and her kitten back in September or who saw someone driving her white 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass will call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS.

The anonymous caller could earn up to a thousand dollars in cash.

Her family is planning her burial service for this Friday. More than anything, they'd like the person who did this, to be caught and pay.