Lexington police release sketch, want to question man in veteran's death

jmadden@herald-leader.comNovember 11, 2013 

Lexington police released a sketch Monday of a man wanted for questioning in the death of a veteran who was beaten and stabbed Friday at his home.

Lt. Brian Maynard said the man is not a suspect. The lieutenant said the man, who was wearing blue jeans and a dark shirt, was seen by witnesses in the neighborhood between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Friday. Maynard said the man is 6 feet to 6-foot-2 and has "unkept" hair. Witnesses told police he was carrying a bag.

Tom Rogers, 74, was found by his wife about 5:30 p.m. Friday at their house in the 1200 block of Tishoff Drive, police said.

Rogers was rushed to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a little after 6 p.m. Friday, the Fayette County Coroner's office said.

Police confirmed Monday that several valuable items were missing from the house. They said it appeared that there was no forced entry into the house, which is off Tates Creek Road.

Rogers was home alone at the time of the attack. Police said his wife told them she had left for a short time and returned to find the front door open and her husband unresponsive on the floor.

An investigation continues.

On Monday, neighbors piled cards, flowers and candles on Rogers' doorstep.

"He was a nice guy," Tracy Criswell said of Rogers, a Navy and Naval Reserve veteran. She said Rogers loved to travel and was passionate about issues affecting veterans.

Criswell said everything has been "just surreal," and she couldn't believe someone would want to harm Rogers.

"On Saturday, I had a homicide detective in my entryway," Criswell said. This reminds me that it's important to know your neighbors. I'm just hoping this brings us together."

Arrangements are being handled by Milward Funeral Directors.

Herald-Leader reporter Jim Warren contributed to this story. Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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