• Person of interest in 45-year old case after newly discovered DNA evidence


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

    • The murder of Veda Woodson, called Susie by her family, is unsolved
    • The 38-year old was found raped and strangled in July of 1973 
    • Four decades later newly discovered DNA evidence was tested and linked investigators to a person of interest
    • Investigators say Stanley Clabough is a person of interest and they believe he is in the Tulsa area. 
    • Anyone with information about Woodson's death or Clabough's involvement should call TCSO’s Cold Case Task Force at 918-596-5723.


    Veda Woodson's car broke down as she drove home after work. Her family called her Susie.

    It was the early morning on July 26th, 1973. The 38-year old mother of four finished her janitorial shift at a Tulsa bank and headed towards Sperry. She never made it home. 

    Photo from Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

    Investigators said her car broke down near the 8800 block of N. Cincinnati. Sperry police found her car abandoned, one door open and a window shattered.  They found Woodson's body not far from the car. She'd been raped and strangled. 


    For decades the case went unsolved. Her murder is the oldest cold case at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Now, new evidence led to a person of interest.

    The TCSO Cold Case Task Force is taking a new look at her death and forensics testing on one piece of evidence led to DNA evidence.  They identified a person of interest Oct. 2, 2018.

    Photo from Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

    Investigators say the man identified, Stanley Clabough, 78, came up early in the investigation. 

    “We know that Stanley Clabough shared details of the murder with people in his inner circle. These people are protecting him and it’s time for them to come forward”, says Task Force Leader Mike Huff. “This case is 45 years old. So many of the witnesses are dead now. With every day that passes, we potentially lose more witnesses who hold the key to bringing Veda’s killer to justice.”

    Investigators think Clabough is still in the Tulsa area. They have to wait until they submit new evidence to district attorney's office to seek a warrant.

    The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information on Woodson's murder or Clabough's possible involvement in the crime to call the TCSO Task Force at 918-894-5723.

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