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    Logan Lynn Tucker (6) - Woodward OK, 2002


    Missing Since: June 23, 2002 from Woodward, Oklahoma
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: April 10, 1996
    Age: 6 years old
    Height and Weight: 3'6, 42 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes.

    Details of Disappearance

    During June 2002, Tucker was living with his mother, Katherine Rutan (sometimes referred to as as Katherine Gougler, Katherine Pollard or Catherine Daggett); his four-year-old brother; and a roommate, Melody Lennington. A photograph of Rutan is posted below this case summary. Tucker's father had not had contact with the child since his infancy.

    The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) had previously taken custody of Tucker and his brother after Rutan threatened to harm them. The children were returned to her care within a few days, however. Tucker had been caught playing with matches shortly before his disappearance, and Rutan had stated Tucker was "dangerous" and she was afraid he would hurt his younger brother. She requested help for Tucker from local officials, stating he had burned down one of their previous residences. Three days before Tucker's given date of disappearance, she had told the DHS she wanted to relinquish her parental rights towards both children. The DHS agreed to place Tucker in residential treatment, but did not have an opening at a treatment center for several days. Rutan reacted angrily when she learned Tucker would not be placed immediately.

    Lennington last saw Tucker on the evening of June 22, when she put the child and his brother to bed. Between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m., Lennington woke up to the sound of Tucker screaming and crying. She went back to sleep. At 6:00 a.m. when Lennington got up to go work, she asked Rutan what had happened with Tucker. Rutan replied that Tucker was sick and she had put him in the basement. Later that day, when asked about Tucker, Rutan variously stated the DHS had taken him away and she would not be allowed to see him until he was grown; that Tucker was with his father; and that Tucker was in a psychiatric hospital.

    The DHS had not taken Tucker; they were not scheduled to do so until the following day. Witnesses stated Rutan appeared relieved that Tucker was gone and attempted to give away his clothing and belongings, all of which were left behind when he went missing. Rutan told several conflicting stories about where Tucker was after he disappeared; she told the DHS that he had been put in another facility or that he was camping with her brother, and told others that he was with various different relatives. On the early morning of June 24, Rutan borrowed a shovel from her boyfriend and did not return it to him until after dark that same day.

    Tucker's grandparents reported his disappearance on July 7, after trying to contact Tucker and getting evasive answers from his mother as to his whereabouts. She told his grandparents that he was in a residential facility, and they offered to take custody of him, but she refused to tell them what facility he was in. When the police went to question Rutan, she told them Tucker was with her brother. Tucker's uncle, however, claimed he had not seen the child in over a year. The uncle has cooperated with police and is not considered a suspect in his nephew's disappearance.

    When authorities searched Rutan and Lennington's home, they found bloodstains and masking tape with hairs stuck to it in the basement of the residence. The blood was tested for DNA and was proven to be Tucker's. Investigators also found plastic sheeting, cotton rope and drain cleaner in Rutan's car. They determined that Tucker was not enrolled at any of the facilities Rutan had claimed she had placed him in, or with any of the people she had claimed were caring for him. In addition, Rutan asked male acquaintances of hers to call police and claim to be Rutan's brother and say they had Tucker. When authorities interviewed Tucker's brother, his brother told a story of how he, Tucker and Rutan had driven out into the country and Rutan had a shovel, and she carried Tucker and the shovel away from the car and later returned alone.

    Rutan. who moved away from Woodward in September 2002, never called the police to inquire as to the status of her son's missing person case. She was arrested on bad check charges in September 2002 and was incarcerated for a time and then released. She hired an attorney and refused to cooperate with the Tucker investigation or take a polygraph test. Rutan's boyfriend was questioned as a possible suspect in his case and was cleared.

    In February 2006, Rutan was charged with first-degree murder in Tucker's case. Prosecutors allege she used "unreasonable force" which caused "mortal wounds" to her son. The case against Rutan was mainly circumstantial. His younger brother testified for the prosecution. Rutan was convicted of murder in August 2007. The jury deliberated only two hours before reaching a verdict. It recommended a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Foul play is suspected in Tucker's case due to the circumstances involved. He is believed to be buried in the woods or fields of Woodward County, or possibly dumped in Fort Supply Lake.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Woodward County Sheriff's Office

    580-256-3264

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