Help needed to bury Thomas Tillery

As has been in the news lately (and on Charley), Thomas Billy Lee Tillery, an eleven-year-old boy missing since 1994, has been identified at long last. He went missing from Oklahoma and his body was found just about 16 miles away. His parents now live in California, however, and as these two articles note, they can’t afford the $2,000 cost to have the body shipped there for burial. They are appealing for help.

UPDATE: A local funeral home in Oklahoma has offered their assistance: they’re shipping the remains to California, pro bono. Good for them!

5 thoughts on “Help needed to bury Thomas Tillery

  1. Shir April 12, 2011 / 1:21 pm

    Does police have any idea of what happened to him? Do they suspect foul play?

    • Meaghan April 12, 2011 / 2:50 pm

      It seems like it must be. Healthy eleven-year-olds don’t just drop dead.

      • Shir April 19, 2011 / 1:25 am

        Yes but I´m also thinking about the possibility of a hit and run accident. I´ve followed his case since mid 1990´s but it never really received much media attention, not even after his remains were identified.

  2. Liz Olivier May 15, 2011 / 8:17 pm

    I agree. The lack of follow-up here; no cause of death. It’s so frustrating.

  3. michelle scroggs August 10, 2014 / 1:43 am

    Thomas was my older cousin, The last memory I have of him was when I was around five and he came to stay with us for the summer. If any one has any details on his disappearance please come forward our family has suffered enough over his loss. its time for the truth. ….!!!!

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