Homicide investigators now looking into missing Tulsa man's disappearance

By: Angela Hong

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TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa police homicide detectives are now investigating a man who has been missing since September.
 
Verlin Ray Howard was last heard from on Sept. 4.  Police said at the time of disappearance, there did not appear to be anything criminal.  Tulsa police investigated and determined Howard was an employee with the same company for many years and would very seldom miss work and would not miss without calling.
 
They said he did not call work to explain his absence and he did not pick up his paycheck.  The investigation revealed he had taken two sizable amounts out of his retirement fund in August and September.  The person that reported him missing said on Sept. 4, Howard said he was going to northwest Kansas to pick up furniture with an ex roommate. 
 
Howard left his truck and recently purchased Dodge Caliber behind. 
 
Investigators said no one saw Howard leave his apartment and they have not been able to confirm where he went in to pick up furniture.  The ex-roommate has been interviewed and denies he picked up Howard and said he had no reason to go with Howard to northwest Kansas. 
 
Howard’s cell phone was found in Sperry. Police said the people that found the phone have been less than cooperative with the Investigation.
 
In November, investigators examined Howard’s apartment and now believe some person or animal lost a lot of blood inside the apartment. Howard has not been in any contact with family or friends since his disappearance. 
 
Tulsa Homicide is asking anyone that knows any information to call Crime Stoppers at 918 596-2677 or the Homicide Tip Line at 918 798 8477, or email homicide@cityoftulsa.org.


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