OMAK — Authorities say an 88-year-old Omak man found dead in his home Saturday night was slain.
Leonard K. Miller is a life-long residence of Omak, and used to run the Omak Tavern in east Omak, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.
“Everybody kind of knows him,” Rogers said, adding, “Leonard would do anything for anybody. He was a nice guy.”
He was found by his daughter at about 9:10 p.m. Saturday inside his single-wide trailer at 33 Brooks Tract on the Colville Indian Reservation just east of Omak.
An autopsy is scheduled for today, Rogers said.
Miller was not a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. He lived with his grandson, Cory Craig, who was in jail on unrelated charges at the time of the homicide, Rogers said.
He said Miller’s daughter, Sheri Edwards, tried to call her father Saturday morning, and went to his residence at about noon but left after seeing his pickup truck was not there.
Her husband went to the house and knocked on the door, but left when no one answered, the sheriff said.
She tried to call him again at about 8 p.m., and when he still didn’t answer she went back to his trailer, and went inside after discovering the door was unlocked, he said. She called police after discovering her father was dead.
Miller’s vehicle was also stolen, but located Sunday morning in east Omak and was impounded, Rogers said.
He said Omak Police had spoken to Miller at about 10:30 p.m. Friday night asking about his grandson.
Police searched the trailer on Sunday, and gathered lots of evidence, Rogers said. He said no arrests have been made, and added, “We’re just doing a bunch of follow-up right now.”
The sheriff’s office, Omak Police and Colville Tribal Police are investigating with help from the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, which is gathering evidence at the scene.