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Tom Kueter

Real Name: Tom Kueter
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
Date: June 24, 1994

CaseEdit

Details: Shortly after midnight on Friday, June 24, 1994, Tina Marcotte, a late shift worker at Black Hills Molding, a wood processing plant, called Vicky R. Riddle, her best friend, complaining of a flat tire and asking to be picked up. Tina noticed a car driving up, and, a short time later, told Vicky she didn't have to come as Tom Kueter, a forklift driver who used to work for Black Hills Molding too, was giving her a ride. It was the last time Tina was heard from. The next morning, Tom and Patrick Gleason, her live-in boyfriend of 11 years, visited Vicky. According to Vicky, Tom became defensive when she mentioned Tina's phone call but finally admitted he was the only Tom who had worked for Black Hills Molding that Tina would know about. When Patrick asked Tom if he and Tina were cheating on him, he found Tom's passive denial to be strangely uncharacteristic of him. Tom suggested that he and Patrick go together to report Tina's disappearance.

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Tina Marcotte

When police examined Tina's car, they discovered that her flat tire had most likely been slashed with a knife, suggesting foul play. Tom was asked to come in for questioning, which he did so voluntarily. During questioning, he denied giving Tina a ride and said that he had spent his evening at a softball game, taking a friend home, and fixing his car under a streetlight for 3 or 4 hours after it broke down. Tom pointed to the place where his car broke down on a map, but police could find no one in that area to confirm Tom's story. Tom had not called Nancy, his wife, to tell her about his delay that evening. According to her, when Tom finally arrived home around 3:30 in the morning, he immediately began washing his clothes, including his softball uniform and shoelaces. Three days after Tina's disappearance, police came to Tom at work and told him they had found blood in his car. Around 9 the next morning, just after the shift change, workers found Tom's body with his head crushed by a rear wheel of his own forklift. An investigation by the police led them to believe that Tom loaded the forklift with at least a ton of lumber, drove it up an incline, then hopped out and laid down in front of the forklift's path, taking his own life in a way that seemed accidental, hoping that his family would benefit from it. However, Nancy believes Tom was murdered, saying Tom would not leave her and their children alone.
Suspects: Tom Kueter was the prime suspect in Tina Marcotte's murder, though he was never formally linked with it.

Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the January 5, 1996 episode.


Results: Unresolved. Tom's wife was eventually able to get insurance benefits after a judge ruled that there was not enough evidence to prove that Tom committed suicide. Then, in October 1996, Tina's body was found beneath a wood pile in the lumberyard of Forest Products Distrbutors, the company Tom worked for at the time of Tina's disappearance and his death. It's believed that her body was deposited there after she was killed. The cause of Tina's death was blunt force trauma, but her murder, along with Tom's death, remains unsolved.


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