HARRAH, Okla. (TCD) — A 30-year-old man stands accused of killing his 59-year-old relative and dumping his body off a dead-end road in a rural area.
On Friday, Oct. 20, the Harrah Police Department notified the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) regarding the “suspicious disappearance” of Terry Hause.
According to KOCO-TV, on Thursday, Oct. 19, a family member went to Hause and Chuck White’s apartment building and noticed a pool of blood on the floor. Hause and his relative White allegedly argued often.
The family member questioned White about Hause’s whereabouts, to which he replied, “The problem is gone,” KOCO reports.
Harrah Police Chief Marty Burns told the news source that officers were unable to confirm what had happened in the apartment complex, but officials listed Hause as a “missing and endangered person.”
According to the affidavit, investigators determined based on evidence that someone tried to clean up the scene before officers got there.
Investigators reportedly tracked Hause and White’s phones to a dead-end road in rural Lincoln County, where state agents and Harrah Police officers located Hause’s body. The Office of the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner will determine his cause and manner of death.
According to OSBI, officials identified White as a person of interest and interviewed him “based on the evidence gathered during the investigation.” During questioning, White reportedly confessed to getting into a dispute with Hause and hitting him in the face with a baseball bat numerous times.
White was booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center on charges of first-degree murder and desecration of a human corpse.
In a statement obtained by KOCO, Hunter McKee, the public information officer at OSBI, said, “There’s still more pieces we’re trying to put together with this investigation.”
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