By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Authorities have released a few more details in the case of what the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has ruled a homicide in Tyrone, Okla.
Amy Elliott, public information officer for the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, said officials with that agency are agreeing with OSBI’s findings in the death of 70-year-old James Edward Vitkowski.
The former owner of Jim’s Auto & Salvage in Tyrone was found June 30 by an employee of the business lying on the floor inside his business. Vitkowski was transported to a local hospital and then flown to a Kansas hospital.
Last Tuesday, according to both OSBI and the state medical examiner’s office, Vitkowski died from what appeared to be blunt force trauma to the head. Elliott said Monday, her office added neck trauma to the cause of death.
Both agencies have ruled homicide as the manner of death, and Elliott said authorities are still in the process of completing the autopsy on Vitkowski’s body. She said toxicology normally takes about six to nine weeks, and with just a couple of weeks since the body was found, she said about six more weeks remain before the official cause of death is known.
Jessica Brown, public information officer for the OSBI, said a lot of work remains to be taken place, and nothing more can be reported at this time.
“Hopefully, we’ll solve it soon,” she said Monday.
The OSBI is working to determine the motive behind what is believed to be an assault that turned into a homicide, and the agency is asking anyone with information helpful to the case to call 1-800-522-8017.