Daughter seeks information about father’s death in 1976

Dear Editor,

Roger Fields

I need answers to a mystery that happened in my family almost 40 years ago. My dad Roger Fields was found unconscious in his truck, with the engine running and the garage door closed at Hazel Rood’s home in Vassar, Kan., Osage County. He was found on Feb. 5, 1976, at 11 p.m. and officially declared dead at 1 a.m. on Feb. 6, 1976. He had been living with Hazel, but was supposedly on his way home to Topeka that night, per a phone call to his wife late that the night of Feb. 5, 1976. I am looking for anyone with information about his death. Who found him, who went looking for him, and why was he embalmed before my family got to the funeral home very early the morning of Feb. 6, 1976?

In my pursuit of answers about my dad I have found out that two other people were found dead at Hazel Rood’s home in Vassar. Hazel Rood and Norman Korbe were found shot in Hazel’s home on Aug. 9, 1983. I want to know if those deaths had anything to do with my dad’s death.

If you have any information or know anyone who does, please contact me through Osage County News, P.O. Box 62, Lyndon, KS 66451, via email [email protected], or call 785-828-4994. Even the littlest bit of information could be a big help … so please contact Osage County News if you can help me in anyway.

I thank you in advance from the bottom of heart for your help in solving this mystery that has haunted my family for almost 40 years. My dad died at 35 leaving behind 5 children – the oldest being me at 13 and the youngest was 3. We have always had a void in our lives, perhaps with your help we can close that void.

Sincerely,

Lynn Fields May

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