After a 12-year investigation into the disappearance of Tracy Allen, her husband, Garland Paul Allen, has been arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder for her 2001 death. Allen, a former Altus resident, has been living in Hillsboro, Texas. He had been on the run from authorities, but was apprehended by Wise County Texas Authorities and was bright back to Altus a week ago.
After his return, Allen led authorities to the area where he said Tracy Allen was buried.
Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy said he was at the search site near the north shore of Tom Steed Reservoir in Kiowa County all day yesterday while personnel from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office searched for remains.
“They were scraping the soil layer-by-layer,” said Murphy. “This could take several days, but from what the suspect has told us, I think we are in the right area.”
According to earlier reports, in May 2001, the suspect’s mother told police that her son, Garland Paul Allen, showed up at her front door with the couple’s two children. He told his mother that Tracy had run off with another man.
Records show that the couple had a “rocky” relationship and that police were called to many domestic disturbances and custody issues involving their two children. In September 2000, the couple divorced and Tracy and her two children began living on their own.
On or about May 2001, investigators believe Garland Allen killed Tracy Allen by striking her in the head and about the body with a rifle. He then disposed of her body by concealing her in a piece of carpet and burying her body at an unknown location.
Altus police detectives, Bill Perkins, and Rusty Williams, working with former Harris County Texas Prosecutor Kelly Siegler, former Las Vegas crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary and Ret. Houston homicide detective Allen Brown of the T.V. series Cold Justice, brought this investigation to a close.