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OSBI Agent Assists with Tyrone Homicide

On June 30, an employee at Jims Auto & Salvage on Highway 54 found the owner James Edward Vitkowski lying on the floor inside his business.

TYRONE -- This morning, the Tyrone Police Chief requested OSBI investigative assistance with a homicide. 

On June 30, an employee at Jims Auto & Salvage on Highway 54 found the owner James Edward Vitkowski lying on the floor inside his business.  Vitkowski was taken to a local hospital and then flown to a Kansas hospital. This morning, Vitkowski died from what appears to be blunt force trauma to the head. 

His body was transported to the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Oklahoma City for an autopsy. 

An OSBI agent is working to determine the motive behind an assault that turned into homicide.

If anyone has information helpful to this case, please contact the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.

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