• Dennis McCaslin

The Lost Ones: Questions go unanswered in 2003 death of Tahlequah woman




Law enforcement in Oklahoma is taking a new look at an old case and are reaching out to the public for any information they may have.


Tahlequah and Cherokee County authorities suspected that someone Deborah Cordell knew beat her to death in her Cort Mall apartment. That’s where her badly-bludgeoned body was found on July 21, 2003 in Tahlequah. 


The state medical examiner determined the 49-year-old woman’s death was caused by blunt force trauma.


The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist with the search for Cordell’s killer.


They determined she was attacked inside her apartment during the morning of July 20.


They did not believe the killer or killers were motivated by robbery.


If you have information about Cordell’s 2003 murder, call the OSBI at (800) 522-8017, or the District 27 District Attorney’s anonymous tip line at (918) 772-8465.