In a recent Facebook post shared by the City of Pampa, the community was informed about a tragic incident that occurred on April 4, 2023. According to the post, officers from the Pampa Police Department, Pampa Fire Department, and Gray County EMS responded to a distress call at the 1300 block of N. Starkweather. The call reported an unconscious and unresponsive person at the location.

Upon arrival, the responding personnel made a heartbreaking discovery. Eleanor Thatcher, an 80-year-old resident of the area, was found deceased inside her residence. Her husband, Donald Thatcher, aged 73, was also present at the scene when the authorities arrived.

The circumstances surrounding Eleanor's death prompted an in-depth investigation by the authorities. Subsequently, the investigation led to the presentation of the case before a Grand Jury. On Thursday, July 20, 2023, the Grand Jury issued indictments against Donald Thatcher, charging him with both Manslaughter and Injury to an Elderly person. The seriousness of these indictments indicates the severity of the allegations brought against him.

Following the Grand Jury's decision, Donald Thatcher was taken into custody on Friday, July 21, 2023. He was arrested and later incarcerated in the Gray County Jail. The court set a bail of $1 million for each charge, underscoring the gravity of the charges.

As the investigation into the incident continues, the authorities are straightforwardly urging anyone with relevant information to step forward. As of now, the exact details surrounding the case that has been revealed to the public are relatively limited, but any additional information from the public will prove extremely useful in this case.

REVIEW: Amarillo Homicides in 2022

The year 2021 saw a staggering 24 homicides in Amarillo, Texas--the highest number the city had seen since 1994. A lower figure for 2022 was predicted, but the year finished out with a total of 28 homicides.

Below is a partial list of those accused in this year's murders. We have intentionally left off this list those who have been No Billed by a grand jury, had their charges modified to a lesser offense, or wherein the accused is a juvenile.

This is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change, pending legal proceedings.

Updated: January 10, 2022

Unsolved Murders of Amarillo, Texas

These are the unsolved murders of Amarillo, Texas.

If you have any information or if you know something, call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 806-374-4400. 

Wild, Weird, & Outright Odd Crimes of the Texas Panhandle in 2022

There's some strange things that happen here in the Texas Panhandle. And we do mean strange.

If you need a few examples....keep scrollin' to see some of the wild, weird, and flat out odd things that our local hellions have gotten themselves into this far.




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