Archive for Wednesday, September 28, 2005

KC police probing murder

Victim previoulsy owned dealership

September 28, 2005

An investigation continues into the murder of former Tonganoxie businessman Sameer Said.

Said and his wife, Elizabeth, had owned the former Tonganoxie Ford building at 315 U.S. Highway 24-40.

Lenexa police detective Mike Louther said last week that about 9 p.m. Sept. 8, Said was leaving a Chinese restaurant near 87th Street and Hauser Court in Lenexa.

"He had left the restaurant and was in his car in the parking lot when he was shot," Louther said.

Louther said no arrests had been made in connection with the 45-year-old Said's death.

"We're still investigating," Louther said, noting the Metro Squad had followed about 150 leads.

"We're continuing to develop more leads each day but at this point we do not have an arrest made," Louther said.

Said and his wife, Elizabeth, lived in Shawnee with their five children, Louther said.

While some news reports had identified Said as being a Palestinian immigrant, Louther said he had been told Said was from Jordan.

"However, there might be a question about that," Louther said.

Said and his wife had purchased the Tonganoxie Ford dealership about five years ago. Prior to that, the building housed Marcus Allen Ford, and earlier, Sutton Kolman Ford.

The dealership was closed shortly after the Saids purchased it.

However, the couple retained ownership of the property, which includes the 5,925-square-foot dealership building and 7.5 acres -- until this summer.

At that point, the property was sold in a foreclosure sale to Sand Trap Properties, a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bank, which paid $579,555.

Sand Trap also agreed to pay $48,996.72 in delinquent property taxes.

At the time of the sale, the property was appraised at $745,000.

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