OKC Man Finds Childhood Friend Dead Inside Home

Monday, September 24th 2018, 7:02 pm
By: News 9

The Oklahoma City Police Department released the name of a homicide victim found dead inside his Southwest Oklahoma City home on Saturday morning.

The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Ricardo Perez. At this time, there have been no arrests made and police don’t have any suspects.

Perez's childhood friend rented a converted garage on his home to the victim. He said Perez went to a bar Friday night and that was the last time he saw him alive.

The man noticed Perez’s door open Saturday morning, and saw blood under the door and on the porch. He looked inside the room and saw Perez laying near the door, unresponsive.

The frightened man does not speak English and went to a relative’s home to have them call police.

“When officers arrived,” said MSgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department. “They found the body of 38-year-old Ricardo Perez. He had trauma to his body consistent to homicide.”

Police are not releasing the exact cause of death and the victim's friend said he did not get a good enough look to see how Perez died. He said Perez did not have enemies that he knew of, he also did not own a car but got around on a bike.

He is hopeful the suspect left behind clues that will lead police to their identity.

The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death and more details about Perez's final moments.

“The ME will determine how long he was deceased at the time he was discovered,” said MSgt. Knight.

The public can call the homicide tip line at 405- 297-1200 to leave information about the crime.