Letter sent to Muskogee County district attorney could help solve 34-year-old murder mystery

MUSKOGEE, Okla. -- The shooting death of a business owner remains unsolved almost 34 years later, but a mysterious letter sent to the district attorney could now help lead to new information about this cold case.

District Attorney Orvil Loge said he received a letter two years ago from someone with information about the homicide of Loyd Calvin Morgan, who died after being shot three times in the head on March 21, 1983. Authorities have not been able to identify Morgan's killer, but Loge said the person who wrote the letter clearly knows something about what happened.

"I think, after so many year, somebody knows something, that it's on their conscience," Loge said. "They have to go to sleep every night. It's time for them to come forward and clear their conscience. Now is the time."

The district attorney said he kept it quiet that he had the letter until now because he hoped the writer would contact him again, but nothing new ever came.

"Nobody else has come forward about it, so I thought it was time to put it out there," Loge said, "that it's time for them to put their name behind it and come talk to me."

Morgan's surviving family members said they found out about the letter this week. After 34 years without any answers, Darlene Morgan-LaCrone, the victim's daughter, said she is cautiously optimistic that this latest development might lead to her father's killer.

"There won't be closure, but my daddy deserves justice," Morgan-LaCrone said. "It won't be for us, but my daddy deserves justice. This person doesn't deserve to get away with what he did to my daddy."

Anyone with information about Loyd Morgan's death is asked to call the Muskogee County district attorney's office at 918-682-3374.

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