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Plea For Help From Murder Victim's Family

Police Looking For Stolen Car


Lynn Hoff and Wade Tefft, daughter and son of murder victim Thomas Tefft ( photo: Stan Lehr)

A weekend has passed without an arrest in the killing of 67-year-old  Thomas Tefft of Indianapolis.  His family is appealing for information from anyone who might be able to bring his killer to justice.  

"Someone out there knows what happened on Friday," his daughter Lynn Hoff told reporters gathered in the front yard of the home where Tefft lived with his wife of 47 years.  "They know where that car is and they know where that person is.  And I'm asking that person to please come forward."

Tefft was shot and killed early Friday morning by a burglar who left the scene in the victim's car, a black 2009 Hyundai Sonata.  Sunday, police were still looking for the car and the shooter who is described only as a black man in his 20s who was wearing a ski mask.   

The Teffts moved to Indianapolis in 1996 from western New York.  The rest of the family still lives in the northeastern United States. 

Hoff says they chose their retirement spot from a Guide to U.S. Cities.  

"Indianapolis came up as one of the best places to live," she said.  "And it was near to some of their relatives."

Their home in the 7800 block of Harcourt Springs on the northwest side is nestled in a quiet neighborhood that is normally free from violent crime.  Late Sunday afternoon, neighbors fought back tears at the sight of police and news vehicles lining their street.  

"There's been an outpouring of kindess from the community, our friends and neighbors in Indianapolis," said Tefft's son, Wade Tefft.  "We're very grateful for everything."

Now, they ask that someone help find their father's killer.  And pray for peace for their mother, a breast cancer patient who locked herself in a room Friday morning in fear of her own life.  

 "Words can't express what she's going through right now," said her son.  "To be in the house when this incident occurred, she's...she's just devastated."


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