RCPD looking for woman in 1977 murder case

By Katherine Wartell

Riley County police are looking for a woman who might have information on a 1977 murder in Riley County, but detectives, who are unsure of her name, said Friday that she is not a suspect.

On Aug. 4, 1977, a jogger found the dead body of Warren “Tiger” Lewis, 29, off of the South Manhattan Avenue roadway by Hunters Island. Lt. Mike Quintanar said he had been shot and that the body had apparently been there for a period of days.

According to news reports from the time, Lewis also had been severely beaten and had been arrested earlier that year in connection with an aggravated assault during which he allegedly brandished a revolver at people gathered at the front steps of the Douglas Center in Manhattan.

RCPD detectives are now searching for the ex-wife of Dewayne Murrell, who was also known as “Cornbocker.” Though Murrell died in the 1980s, he may be a person of interest in the case. Detectives are unsure of his wife’s name but said it may be Wynonna. She is believed to reside in New York. They said she also might have an uncle named Dennis White, who possibly died several months ago.

Quintanar said she would most likely be between 50 and 65 years old.

He said detectives were given the lead while looking into a rape case from the 1980s, and a witness for that case suggested speaking with Murrell’s ex-wife.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact the Riley County Police or Det. Ryan Runyan at (785) 537-2112, extension 2465.

Anonymous tips can be left with the Manhattan/Riley County Crimestoppers at (785) 539-7777 or Toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or at the Crimestoppers website, www.manhattanrileycountycrimestoppers.com.

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