Unsolved Mystery: Missing coin collection could be key to Oklahoma man’s murder

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CHOCTAW, Okla. - Authorities are still searching for a person responsible for killing an Oklahoma man.

It happened in rural Oklahoma County, miles away from the sounds of the city.

It was July 2002, David Whetstone found himself face-to-face with a killer.

"It was a very violent crime," said Capt. Bob Green, with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office.

Whetstone was killed and then shoved in the trunk of his car.

Investigators say his wife came home and wondered where he was, but assumed he would be home soon.

"She came out a couple of hours later to feed the dogs and noticed the dogs were hanging around the trunk of the vehicle," said Green. "She walked over and saw a pool of blood underneath the trunk of the car and she called 911."

Authorities say Whetstone had been shot to death.

Captain Green says several people were interviewed and learned that only one thing was missing from the crime scene.

Whetstone's family says he always carried a collection of old coins.

"We were told they consisted of a lot of old, old coins from Roman times and Greek times, some were gold coins," said Green.

The coins are believed to have been worth tens of thousands of dollars.

While no one was ever charged, investigators have continued their search for one man.

Capt. Green says Kenneth Cofer was one of the last people seen with the victim.

"This individual is actually wanted for a separate homicide just a couple of miles away," said Green.

Cofer was never arrested and is considered a fugitive from justice.

Authorities say he was last seen in Arkansas.

David Whetstone's family declined an interview about the story but his wife says he never met a stranger and would talk to anyone, especially about those coins.

She has spent more than a decade wondering who killed her husband. It is a mystery investigators hope to someday solve.

"It has been a difficult course," said Green.

Those missing coins were never found.

Unfortunately, they were not insured nor was there an inventory of them.

If you have any information that could help in this case, contact the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office.

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