Murder suspect returned to Altus

December 6, 2013

District Attorney John Wampler and Altus Police Department Chief Tim Murphy report that defendant Garland Paul Allen, 49, who is accused of the murder of Tracy Lynn Allen on or about May 8, 2001, has been returned to Jackson County and has led authorities to a location in Kiowa County where she is believed to have been buried.

Garland Allen was arrested in Wise County, Texas on Tuesday on a 2nd Degree Murder charge from Jackson County and he waived extradition to Oklahoma. He was returned to Oklahoma on Wednesday by a Texas Ranger and was met by detectives of the Altus Police Department. Allen then led authorities to the site where her body is believed to have been buried. Efforts to recover her remains were suspended late Wednesday evening due to the weather and will resume as soon as conditions permit.

Assisting with the recovery of her remains is the state Medical Examiner’s Office, OSBI, Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office, and an archaeological team from the University of Oklahoma.

Allen was charged on Nov. 26, 2013, in Jackson County District Court with the murder of Tracy Allen who disappeared from her home at 616 W. Elm St. in Altus in May, 2001, and was never heard from again. Her disappearance and presumed death have been investigated since that time as a homicide. Recently Altus PD Detectives, particularly Det. Bill Perkins, began reviewing the investigation as a “cold case”, re-interviewed witnesses and reviewed evidence previously collected. A team from the reality TV show “Cold Justice” also assisted the investigation and a report was presented to Jackson County District Attorney John Wampler on November 25th.

Allen appeared before Special District Judge Brad Leverett on Thursday for an initial appearance on the murder charge. Bond was denied and his next court appearance was set for January 13, 2014 at 9:15 a.m.

Wampler and Murphy stated, “although it will take some time to recover the presumed human remains found at the site and make a positive identification, we feel confident that this mystery has at last been solved and that the remains recovered will be those of Tracy Allen. We are hopeful this will allow her family some sense of closure.”

Wampler praised the Altus Police Department and Det. Bill Perkins for their dedication and tireless efforts to this cause. He also stated that “the investigation of this matter will continue and will focus on the possibility that others may have been involved with Garland Allen in connection with this crime and/or its cover-up.”