Police have person of interest in custody in Sunset Hill murder
Chris Hernandez , Contributor: Aaron Heintzelman
6:34 AM, May 27, 2010
11:02 AM, May 28, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Police are questioning a person of interest in a murder in one
of Kansas City's most expensive neighborhoods. The victim has been
involved in several high profile financial deals and lawsuits over
the past few years.
Forty-nine-year-old Michael Tutera was found dead around 1 a.m.
Thursday inside his luxury home overlooking Ward Parkway.
Investigators are not saying how he died, but spokesman Rich
Lockhart said the cause of death is 'obvious' and they are working
the case as a homicide.
Lockhart said the fact that the community is gated means they
know who comes in and out and that they are working some very good
leads into the man's death.
It’s actually a lot easier because there’s
controlled access,” Lockhart said. “We’re
developing some good leads that will probably help us solve this
one rather quickly.”
A family friend, Mark Untersee, spoke for Tutera's mother and
siblings, saying, "All the family members are obviously in a state
of shock, they are devastated."
Tutera and his wife bought the Bloch estate at 63rd and Ward
Parkway a few years ago. Before they could tear it down and
rebuild, they defaulted on the mortgage and the bank
A short time later, Tutera sold his shares of Central Bank of
Kansas City to his brother and two sisters.
The Tutera family had owned the bank since the 60s. Then Tutera
sued his siblings, saying he had been shortchanged. They've
counter-sued, and the lawsuit is scheduled for trial next
Untersee won't discuss that battle, only their hope that the
murder is solved soon.
"We don't know anything more than has already been reported,"
Tutera also pleaded guilty to multiple DWI's from 2002-2004.
He has been sued by his homeowners association for almost a
year's worth of dues. And despite his money problems, Tutera
donated $85,000 to political candidates in 2008.
Police haven't said if Tutera's murder is related to his
Police have not identified the person of interest and have not
said what evidence may have led them to that individual.