The Tahlequah Daily Press on June 8 reported the delay of a cold case homicide dubbed the Daisy Doe case. According to the report, the delay marked the third time a preliminary hearing was rescheduled for a Muskogee man accused of a 30-year-old murder.
James Ray Vogel, 56, was arrested in August in connection with the 1988 murder of Jeanette Ellen Coleman, who was 31 at the time her body was found below Fort Gibson Dam. Coleman was dubbed Daisy Doe, after a tattoo on her shoulder, until the state medical examiner could positively identify her badly beaten remains. Fishermen found Coleman, wearing only a bra and shorts, below the dam with a concrete block tied around her waist.
Thorp credited good police work and strong witness statements for Vogel’s arrest. The ME identified Vogel as a suspect in 2015 and investigators re-opened the case. So far, investigators have learned that Coleman met Vogel and three other men at a Muskogee bar. They said the men had sex with her at the dam, then threw her weighted body into the water while she was still alive. Thorp said two of the other suspects are deceased, and that the investigation continues.
The preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on July 25 with Assistant District Judge Mark Dobbins presiding.