Authorities are hoping to question a man and his girlfriend in connection with the discovery of a Chelsea man’s body at a Catoosa truck stop last month.
Carter Leach, 32, was found wrapped in plastic and duct tape in the back of a pickup truck at Kicks 66 Truck Stop on Skelly Drive April 26, nearly one month after he was last seen alive by his sister.
Catoosa Police and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents want to speak with Perry Scott “Scotty” Williams, 37, and his girlfriend Shannon Raye Johnson, 36.
Investigators believe 32-year-old Leach was last seen on March 28 and was on his way to visit Williams at a Tulsa motel. OSBI agents and Catoosa Police have run numerous leads on the case.
Williams and Johnson are not considered suspects in the case, but investigators believe they may have information that could give the case some direction as to what occurred and who is responsible for the homicide.
An autopsy revealed Leach died from blows to the head.
On April 2, Leach’s sister reported to the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office that she had not heard from or seen her brother in a couple of days.
Leach disappeared before Rogers County investigators could question him about another case of a Chelsea man who had gone missing and was later found murdered. Investigator Chris Bohl said he believed Leach had information regarding the disappearance and death of Blake Sutherland, who went missing in January 2007. Sutherland’s remains were found at an abandoned home and strip mine on county road 4180 near Spencer Creek on March 26. A few days later was when Leach was last seen.
Leach was reportedly not a suspect in the Sutherland case but instead could have had the information authorities were seeking on what occurred the night of Jan. 12, 2007. The number one suspect in the case before Sutherland was found was Tom Carter, who died Feb. 25. Carter was acquainted with both Sutherland and Leach, who were said to have ran in the “same circles.”
Bohl stated the two cases of Leach and Sutherland are unrelated and believes Leach was killed over “a dope deal gone bad.”
If anyone has recently seen Williams or Johnson, contact the OSBI hotline at 1-800-522-8017 or the Catoosa Police Department at 266-0854.
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