A Carthage man was found dead in his home in the neighborhood near the Carthage Golf Course Tuesday morning and police say the circumstances were suspicious enough to warrant calling in dozens of investigators with the Tri-State Major Case Squad.
The Carthage Police Department said Raymond Ritchhart, 87, 1237 Douglas Court, was found by a neighbor who became concerned on Tuesday morning and checked on him.
“This is the kind of neighborhood where people check on each other,” said Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan on Tuesday afternoon. “The victim was home by himself and lives by himself. A neighbor checked on him and found a situation which prompted the neighbor to call 9-1-1.”
The neighbor reported that Ritchhart had fallen, but when paramedics from the Mercy McCune-Brooks Ambulance arrived, he was found to be dead “under suspicious circumstances,” police said in a written release.
Dagnan said Ritchhart's body was taken to Kansas City for an autopsy, which had not been completed as of late Tuesday. Dagnan said the Major Case Squad was called in to provide manpower to search the neighborhood and canvass for witnesses quickly.
“Any time we have a suspicious death and we need a lot of resources quickly, that's when the the Major Case Squad really helps,” Dagnan said. “We did some questioning of witnesses and searching of the area and we had a very great need for a lot of extra help.”