Apr 26, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
TULSA, Oklahoma – Family members of Bob and Nancy Strait, the elderly couple attacked in their home one month ago, say they are still heartbroken.
The motive was robbery but 85-year-old Nancy was raped and beaten to death. Ninety-year-old Bob was beaten and shot with a BB gun. It has affected a lot of people in our community.
One man is in jail and police are waiting on DNA tests to come back from the lab.
Bob and Nancy Strait fell in love after World War II and had been married more than 65 years. Their family is heartbroken over Nancy’s death and Bob’s state of mind.
“He’s doing okay,” daughter Andra, Strait said. “His jaw is healing, his ribs are healing, but he’s really sad. His heart is broken. He misses mom. I walk into his room, he’ll be looking at her picture with tears in his eyes, but he won’t talk about it, he still won’t talk about anything.”
Andra says her daughter and her sister are having nightmares and she’s not sleeping.
The Daily Mail: An 85-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and battered to death by at least one home invader who also shot her 90-year-old husband in the face with a BB gun.
Nancy and Bob Strait, who had celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in December, were discovered by their daughter at their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Both the pensioners were rushed to hospital where Mrs Strait, who was nearly blind, died from her injuries.
Mr Strait, who served in the 101st Airborne Division in World War II, suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs and severe bleeding. He is in a serious condition in hospital.
Police have arrested 20-year-old Tyrone Dale David Woodfork in connection with the case.
The Straits’ distraught family today paid tribute to the pair, who grew up in poverty in rural Oklahoma during the Great Depression.
They met each other on a blind date on Thanksgiving 1946, married a month later and went on to have six children, 18 grandchildren and about 50 great and great-great grandchildren. They had recently welcomed a great-great-great grandchild.
They had both been struggling with health problems before the attack. Mr Strait had been diagnosed with a terminal kidney illness but had outlived the doctor’s prognosis.
‘He was living because Mother was alive,’ Andra told Tulsa World.
The couple had had food poisoning the week before the attack.
‘There is no one else who has been through what he’s been through who is still alive,’ Lanora said of her father.
‘We pray he doesn’t remember.’
Tulsa police believe burglars broke into the Straits’ home either late Tuesday or early Wednesday last week. They were not found until the Wednesday evening.
The home invaders made off with their Dodge Neon, a television and $200.
Woodfork was later found hiding in a nearby house after a witness spotted the stolen vehicle being driven down the road.
He is being held at Tulsa Jail without bail accused of first-degree murder, burglary, assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of armed robbery.
‘This investigation is far from over,’ Officer Jason Willingham of the Tulsa police department told Tulsa World. ‘We’ve still got a lot of questions that we still need answered.’
Mrs Strait’s funeral will be on Friday. The family has set up a fund the Nancy Strait and Bob Strait Support Trust to help pay for the service and her husband’s medical care.
TULSA, Oklahoma – Tulsa Police are hoping someone can identify two men in surveillance photos to help them solve the murder of Nancy Strait on March 14, 2012.
Police say intruders killed Nancy Strait in her home in the 3000 block of East Virgin. They also beat her 90-year-old husband, shot him with a BB gun and robbed him.
Police say their investigation has linked a stolen vehicle to Nancy Strait’s murder.
Detectives believe the two men in the surveillance photos have information on the stolen vehicle and could possibly have information on the March 14th robbery and murder.
Anyone with information on the identity of the two men is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.