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Crime & Courts

December 10, 2013

Update: Elderly victim of suspected homicide lived alone

CARTHAGE, Mo. — UPDATED: 12:26 p.m., Dec. 10

Eighty-seven-year-old Raymond Ritchhart lived alone in his home on Douglas Court in Carthage but was well-liked by neighbors who were in the habit of checking on his well-being, the Carthage police chief told the Globe.

“So it was actually a neighbor checking on him who discovered his body about 6 p.m. (Monday),” Carthage police Chief Greg Dagnan said today.

Investigators have termed Ritchhart’s death “suspicious” but will not say why. An autopsy was is in progress late this morning to determine the cause of his death.


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The Tri-State Major Case Squad has been activated for the investigation of the death of an 87-year-old Carthage man whose death police have termed suspicious.

Carthage police officers and emergency medical technicians responded to 1237 Douglas Court at 6:04 p.m. Monday after a neighbor of Raymond R. Ritchhart called 911 to report that Ritchhart had fallen inside his home and may have died.

Police said subsequently was determined to have died “under suspicious circumstances.” His family was notified and an autopsy was ordered by the Jasper County coroner’s office.

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