TPD: Missing witness to south Tulsa shooting believed dead, rumored his body was fed to hogs

Posted at 7:18 PM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 08:57:05-05

Tulsa homicide detectives are investigating rumors that a man who witnessed a shooting last month in south Tulsa is dead and that his body was fed to hogs.

Sgt. Dave Walker says Courtney Palmer has been reported missing since Nov. 10. He says Palmer witnessed a shooting at the Tamarack Apartments on Nov. 8 while high on PCP.

Walker says the department believes Palmer is dead and rumors are circulating that Palmer's body was fed to hogs in Muskogee County. However, Walker says Palmer's body has not been found.

Tulsa police arrested Gerald Lowe, Michaela Riddle and Jeannette Thomas on Monday in connection to Palmer's disappearance. They are each facing charges of assault and battery with intent to kill, kidnapping and intimidation of a witness.

Walker says the department believes Lowe and Riddle beat Palmer to death on Nov. 10, loaded his body into a pickup truck and disposed it. He says they were arrested on warrants after enough evidence was collected. The pickup truck was recovered and is being processed for evidence.

Walker says Thomas turned herself in after initially lying about her involvement in assisting in the crime and not reporting the crime. Investigators do not believe Thomas was involved in the actual alleged beating.

Although homicide detectives are investigating Palmer's rumored death, Walker says this is not an official homicide case until a body is recovered or formal charges are filed.

Walker also says this is not the first time detectives have heard of a body being fed to hogs.

Anyone with information regarding Palmer's disappearance is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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