Information was scarce as police continued on Wednesday to investigate what they now confirm was the murder of a Carthage man.
Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan said on Wednesday that an autopsy conducted Tuesday in Kansas City confirmed that Raymond Ritchhart, 87, was murdered, but he didn't release any other details.
“We're not releasing the specific cause of death or any other information,” Dagnan said. “We have an investigation still going on and we don't want to give out information that might be useful to any suspects.”
Dagnan said the Tri-State Major Case Squad was still in town on Wednesday pouring over leads and interviewing witnesses.
A neighbor who was checking on Ritchhart found him in his home at 1237 Douglas Court in Carthage and called 9-1-1 at 6:04 p.m. on Monday.
The neighbor reported that Ritchhart had fallen inside the home and was possibly dead.
Emergency workers with the Mercy McCune-Brooks Ambulance Service also responded, but police said it was determined that Ritchhart had died under “suspicious circumstances.
On Wednesday, Dagnan said the autopsy had confirmed that Ritchhart's death was a homicide.
Shortly before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dagnan said officers were working on their 107th lead in the case.
He said between 15 and 22 officers from the departments that are members of the Tri-State Major Case Squad had been working on the case on Wednesday.
“We just can't say much at this point, but he definitely was murdered by someone,” Dagnan said. “We're now searching for that someone.”
Editor's Note: The story about this case in Wednesday's paper incorrectly reported when the neighbor discovered Ritchhart and called 9-1-1.