son, Tyrone Tsosie, 20, was found comatose on the
Frontage Road fifteen miles east of
Tyrone was flown to the
The Navajo Tribal Criminal Investigators investigated the case. They told me, “Your son must have gotten tired and laid down by the side of the road and been run over by the car.” One officer told me the car was so hot that Tyrone’s nylon jacket melted onto his body. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! I’ve never seen a vehicle with flames shooting out of it. In order for a car to create that much heat it would have had to have been parked on top of my son for hours.
The autopsy report didn’t say anything like that. There were no broken bones or anything else to indicate my son was run over. According to the Medical Examiner, his only injury was a blunt force blow to the back of the head, like he’d been hit with a baseball bat. The cause of death was listed as “undetermined.”
Our family believes Tyrone was killed during an argument with someone he knew, and that family members of the killer dumped his body by the side of the road.
police refused to investigate Tyrone’s case, so I put up a reward and hired
private investigators from
We have reason to believe that, after leaving the mall, Tyrone had a fight with his girlfriend, Veronica Scott. He had split up with Veronica the previous summer and moved out of state, but she sweet-talked him into coming back to her. Tyrone and Veronica had children together, and he didn’t want to live away from them and just send support money. Tyrone and Veronica fought a lot, and her family members would get involved in their fights. When I say, “involved,” I mean physically involved. Veronica’s mom in particular was quick to swing a broom or a frying pan.
Our investigators eventually located Tyrone’s wallet in Veronica’s possession. They went over to her house three times to ask her about it. Finally she admitted she had it. She said she found it in a drawer. There are two possible explanations: Either Tyrone was in Veronica’s house between the time he left the mall and the time he was found dead on the roadside and she took his wallet at that time – or the person who dumped his body lifted his wallet from his pocket and delivered it to Veronica.
Our P.I. kept trying to call the criminal investigators at
I’m a single parent of four and Tyrone’s medical expenses and funeral bills wiped me out financially. I nearly went crazy trying to come up with money to pay the private investigators. I started spending my weekends fund-raising at flea markets. I couldn’t keep it up, and the investigators dropped off the case.
I don’t understand why it was necessary for me to hire private investigators in the first place. Why can’t the police do their job? Why did they lie to me about Tyrone’s being run over by a car with flames shooting out of it? If private investigators could question Tyrone’s girlfriend and find his wallet, why was that too hard for police to do? Now that we’ve found out for ourselves that Tyrone was at his girlfriend’s house right before he was killed, why won’t the police follow up on that information and interrogate Veronica and her family?
Tyrone’s cousin, Kristopher Gray,
was found dead in the
Kris’s case is on this same Real Crimes web site as Tyrone’s. By rights, neither case ought to be here. If the police had done the jobs they’re paid to do, both cases would have been solved long ago.
Bertha BeGay (Tyrone’s mother)