Logan Tucker maybe found?

As a Charley Project blog commenter noted, they’ve found bones in Oklahoma that they hope might be the remains of six-year-old Logan Tucker, who’s been missing since 2002 and is presumed murdered by his mother, Katherine Rutan.

Rutan was convicted of her son’s murder in 2007. What is truly remarkable is that the jury deliberated only two hours. That’s an incredibly short period of time for any murder case, and all the more so since for this one there was no body. But Rutan really had no defense to speak of — as far as I can remember the best her lawyer could come up with was the old “reasonable doubt” thing. There was ample evidence that she had been an abusive parent, had been trying to unload Logan for some time (if she had waited one more day, the Oklahoma DHS had agreed to take him off her hands), and tried to cover up his disappearance with a series of lies.

The star witness at that trial was Logan’s brother Justin. Justin said he was in the car with his mom and Logan, who was pale, slumped over and had tape over his mouth and eyes. Then Mom parked at an abandoned house and took Logan and a shovel out of the vehicle, walked out of Justin’s sight, and returned later sans Logan. So perhaps it’s no wonder the jury didn’t take long.

I really hope these bones are his. So far it hasn’t even been established yet that they’re human, though the sheriff thinks they are.

9 thoughts on “Logan Tucker maybe found?

  1. J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. October 7, 2010 / 10:38 am

    [“What is truly remarkable is that the jury deliberated only two hours.”]

    Oklahoma jurors will generally linger a bit longer arriving at a verdict in order to eat at least one more free meal. They’d probably just been fed, I’m guessing, then the coin flip didn’t go the defendant’s way – it came up tails three out of five times. “Your honor, we have a verdict.”

    As for OK DHS, sure, they said if she’d just wait another day that they would take the child. They’d probably been saying that for months.

  2. Jaime October 7, 2010 / 10:55 am

    Yes, Oklahoma DHS is horrendous. I do believe that she was guilty of murder there was so much other evidence that she did commit the said crime.

    • J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. October 7, 2010 / 11:40 am

      Heartily agree. I’m a big fan of DHS in other states in which I’ve lived, but in Oklahoma – good God. It’s rarely a matter of the caseworkers – it’s management that seems so incredibly bad. Of course, with the little funding available in Oklahoma (“We fund that agency with over six thousand dollars a year FOR THIS?”), it comes down to the public voting for officials who place no value at all on social policy.

  3. Kat October 7, 2010 / 10:56 am

    This is so sad for that little boy. I hope that is him they found so he can at least get a proper burial and some respect in death that he clearly did not get in life. People like his “mother” make me sick. She deserves to rot.

  4. Jaime October 7, 2010 / 6:13 pm

    They are now saying the bones are not human. I’m actually sad because I was hoping they could finally give Logan a proper burial.

  5. Kat October 7, 2010 / 8:58 pm

    Oh, rats. What a shame. I had hoped he would be found. Maybe they will have some luck next time they look. Would be easier if mom would give it up….did she even remember/care where she took him?

  6. Jaime October 8, 2010 / 1:25 pm

    I honestly don’t belive that she ever cared for Logan or his brother. She only wanted the kids when it was convienent for her.

  7. Princess Shantae October 8, 2010 / 4:56 pm

    Just like just about every other so called parent that has hurt or killed their kids. The kids don’t mean a thing to them, they’re just a burden or something to use to get something else they want.

  8. Candy October 8, 2010 / 8:59 pm

    Its unfortunate the bones aren`t his. I thought at least his family could give him a proper burial.

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