was found in an abandoned vehicle
Tuesday afternoon in the alley in the
1000 block of E. Sutherland. The case
is being treated as a homicide after
the state Medical Examiner’s office
was said to have cited the cause of
death as “sharp force trauma to the
head and neck,” but local police have
said they are not verifying or releasing
a cause of death at this time. No
weapon has been recovered.
The victim has been identified as
Melissa Bost, 49, of Altus.
Altus Police Department responded
to a call Tuesday afternoon, Feb.
28, for what was initially thought to
be a child and a dog left unattended
in a vehicle in an alley just west of
Altus High School. The reporting
person said they noticed the vehicle
in the alley at approximately 2 p.m.
When the first officer arrived on the
scene, he discovered Bost inside the
vehicle, and immediately asked the
dispatcher to send a detective and
then requested the area be cordoned
off as a crime scene.
APD officers conducted a houseto-
house search as others determined
the owner of the vehicle.
The initial investigation has provided
investigators with persons of
interest, but no arrests have been
Anyone with information about
this case is encouraged to call crime
stoppers at 482-tips (8477).