An ongoing investigation into a homicide has been initiated following the discovery of the remains of a missing 39-year-old mother, Cassidy Ritchie, in the rear of her SUV over the weekend.
Cassidy Ritchie’s family reported her missing to the Tulsa Police Department, expressing concern as they had not heard from her since Saturday, Jan. 20. The missing person bulletin indicated that Ritchie had been involved in a domestic disturbance shortly before disappearing.
An update from the police revealed that Ritchie’s light blue 2006 Chrysler Pacifica was found stuck on the road near the I Don’t Care Bar & Grill between Sunday, Jan. 21, and Tuesday, Jan. 23. A civilian assisted in extracting the vehicle from the ditch, and authorities are urging this person to come forward. Foul play is suspected in Ritchie’s disappearance, given the extensive off-road debris on her car.
Tulsa Police disclosed Ritchie’s history of involvement in domestic violence incidents. Subsequently, a search warrant for the SUV was obtained by police detectives, leading to the discovery of Ritchie’s body buried beneath clothing in the vehicle’s back.
Investigators have identified Chris Morland, Ritchie’s husband, as a person of interest. Morland allegedly visited the couple’s shared home alone between Jan. 21 and Jan. 23. The couple had been married for less than a month, and their relationship was described as “tumultuous” by law enforcement. Morland was apprehended on Jan. 25 on warrants from Texas related to a separate case, as reported by KOKI-TV.