OSBI Offers $5,000 Reward In 2018 Choctaw Murder

Thursday, May 21st 2020, 10:51 pm
By: Clayton Cummins

CHOCTAW, Okla. -

The OSBI is offering a $5,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction in the 2018 murder of 35-year-old Eric Trammell.

Newly released security camera footage may help provide clues.

The OSBI has cold cases dating back decades ago but because this is a 2018 case, investigators are hopeful somebody out there knows something.

“Big heart, loving, good father,” said Trammell’s mother, Debbie VanLandingham. “He would give anybody the shirt off his back.”

It’ll be two years in August Debbie and Ron VanLandingham learned their son was murdered. Life hasn’t been the same since.

“It’s been difficult,” said Debbie. “His birthday just passed May 13th and that was really hard.”

Trammell was found dead by a passerby. He was shot multiple times on Northeast 36th Street in Choctaw.

OSBI is releasing new surveillance photos of a vehicle and three suspects who spoke to Trammell minutes before he was killed.

“I know the video is blurry the photos are blurry, but you know there may be some distinct characteristic that pops out that may help identify the car or individuals,” said Brook Arbeitman, spokesperson for OSBI.

A 20-year-old suspect was questioned by OSBI but never arrested in the case.

“It is never going to be closure for me because my son is gone,” said Debbie. “It will make me feel better that the person or people that did this to him is being held accountable.”

Until that time, the VanLandingham’s hold out hope that someone will do the right thing.

“I understand people may be afraid of these guys, but you can remain anonymous,” said Debbie. “You don’t have to be known. It would mean a lot to Eric and his family.”

Eric leaves behind an 18, 12 and 8-year-old.

If you recognize those three suspects or their vehicle, call or email the OSBI at 800-522-8017 or tips@osbi.ok.gov.