Despite ransom, no dog for Oklahoma City couple

BY JOHNNY JOHNSON Published: April 23, 2009
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Stephanie David and her husband didn’t have much hope for a happy ending after a ransom call.

They said the caller — a man they said they trusted — said he had taken their car and their dog.

The car had been abandoned at an undisclosed location, and the dog was locked inside with only a water bowl. If the Davids wanted to find out the location of their car, they would wire the money immediately. If they did not, they would never see their Pomeranian mix, Pumpkin, again.

"Out of desperation, we wired the money,” David said. "Then, all of a sudden, he went missing in action. He would not return our phone calls, and we still didn’t have the location of the car.”

On Friday, Oklahoma City police found the stolen car and arrested Kim R. Turnquist, 34, but there was no sign of Pumpkin.

David said she and her husband, Lance, who live in The Colony, Texas, hired Turnquist through the online classified site Craig’slist to do some roofing work in Houston. During a job in Oklahoma City, Turnquist was in need of transportation, so the Davids loaned him their car and asked him to pet sit while Stephanie David went to visit relatives in California, she said.

"He told police that the last time he saw Pumpkin, he was still there in our Oklahoma City office,” David said. "But he wasn’t. Now we’re afraid he either lost him, sold him or just dumped him somewhere in the city.”

David asks anyone with information on her dog to call (561) 262-0585.


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