ENID — It's been 16 years since two Oklahoma City men were found dead in a Garfield County motel room, and Enid police are still looking for suspects.
The bodies of Tramon Johnson, 18, and Michael Colbert, 19, were discovered on Feb. 25, 1997. Each had been shot in the head and their room was in shambles because of a struggle.
Investigations by the Enid Police Department, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the FBI have been unable to produce enough evidence to prosecute any suspects in the case. Investigators say people familiar with the victims' deaths were involved with gangs and the drug trade and witnesses were unreliable.
Three Enid men were arrested and charged in March 1997 with the deaths, but the charges were dropped. Then-District Attorney Cathy Stocker called the investigation into the slayings “flawed.”
Dennis Madison, who was Enid Police Department chief at the time, agreed.
“The bottom line, to be honest, we didn't properly investigate the case, and I felt like it was my responsibility to take care of that problem,” Madison said.
“It was a difficult case because of the people involved, the witnesses and the lack of cooperation,” said Enid Police Chief Brian O'Rourke. “It's obviously still an open case. There are people who are out there that still know and there are people who are out that are responsible.”
Tramon Johnson's mother, Yvette Hicks, described her son's death as “execution-style.”
“My child was shot in the back of the head,” Hicks said. “They had weapons and he (Johnson) didn't know they were coming and it was just a mess.
“This is my 16th year, and I'm just asking for someone to come forward. They don't have to talk to the police, they don't have to give their name to the Enid Police Department. I'm not trying to send anyone to prison. I just want to have closure for who killed my son.”