OSBI asked to help investigate Tyrone slaying
• L&T staff report
TYRONE, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said police in Tyrone have asked the agency to help investigate the death of a businessman who was found inside his business.
The OSBI said 70-year-old James Vitkowski died Tuesday after being found June 30th inside his business, Jim’s Auto & Salvage, which is located on U.S. Highway 54 in Tyrone.
The OSBI said Vitkowski appears to have died from blunt force trauma to the head and that his body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Oklahoma City to determine the exact cause of death.
Earlier today, OSBI Public Information Officer Jessica Brown said there wasn’t much more to report.
“There’s no update,” Brown said. “We’re still awaiting autopsy results. We’re still conducting interviews and collecting information.
“It’s going to be a huge challenge, but we’re doing the best we can,” she added.
The OSBI says agents are trying to determine a motive for the assault.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.