Olathe

After five years, family hopes Olathe homicide will be solved

Updated: 2013-03-06T06:30:35Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star

It has been five years since Tammy K. Cochran’s burned body was found by Olathe water treatment employees checking a line, but her family remains hopeful that someone will come forward with information about her death.

A reward of up to $18,000 — collected through fundraisers and from local businesses — is still available for tips that help police solve her homicide.

The water treatment employees found Cochran’s body about 10:30 a.m. on March 5, 2008, near the Cedar Creek boat ramp at 8255 S. Gardner Road, close to the Kansas River.

The body had been burned, and police have investigated her death as a homicide. Her family said she had been strangled, dumped and set ablaze.

Cochran was a mother and a skilled cosmetologist who ran a salon from her Shawnee home for a while, family said. A drug addiction overtook her life.

Drugs probably led to her death, family members have said. Cochran had been struggling to change her life. But her family thinks she left her Olathe home in the final days of February 2008 looking for drugs.

Shortly before her death, she was reportedly seen in various locations, including Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan.

She was last seen about 10:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at a convenience store. She was wearing a dark blue or black jacket with a fuzzy collar. She also had a green shirt, black shoes and blue jeans with a design on the back pocket, a surveillance video showed.

Anyone with information about her death is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be submitted at www.kccrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP452 and your information to CRIMES (274637).

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at cronkb.

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