BY DARK SLEUTH
James Stulka was found murdered on August 22, 1998
in Coshocton County, Ohio.
(Source: Ohio Attorney General Cold Case Database)
James Stulka was a 35 year-old U.S. Air Force veteran and a father of two when he disappeared on August 13, 1998.
He was last seen at 4:30 p.m., leaving his job at Coopers Electronics (Rolls Royce) in Mount Vernon, Ohio. His family was notified after Stulka did not show up for work for a few days.
A hiker noticed a suspicious vehicle in the Woodbury Wildlife Area in Coshocton, Ohio. When authorities inspected it on August 22, 1998, they found Stulka's body locked in the trunk of his own car.
The death was ruled a homicide after the coroner determined that Stulka had died from gunshot wounds to the head.
Stulka and his vehicle were found in a wooded area off of Bedford Township Highway 57. BCI Special Agent, Eric Lenhart described it as "an oil field road off of one of the major nature preserve roads". Because the location was both very rural and secluded, authorities believe that Stulka's killer(s) was familiar with the area.
Special Agent Lenhart discusses in this WBNS 10TV interview from January 2015, that investigators don't believe the motive was a random robbery because:
"... Mr. Stulka's wallet was on him when the Sheriff's Department found him and there was quite a substantial amount of money in the wallet at the time."
Authorities believe that multiple people may have knowledge of what happened to James Stulka when he disappeared.
They need your tips to solve this case.
If you have any information, please contact:
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation:
(855) BCI-OHIO (224-6446)
Coshocton County Sheriff's Office: (740) 622-2411
Submit a tip online with the Ohio Attorney General's Office:
Click on this link to watch the full interview with Special Agent Lenhart:
Sources of Information:
Ohio Attorney General's Cold Case Homicide File # 58, James Sulka:
WBNS 10TV Columbus, OH news report, "Cold Case: Veteran Found Murdered In Coshocton County," Angela An, January 17, 2015:
Coshocton Tribune 2013 article (link not available online, only via ProQuest):
Dickerson, Kathie. "Coshocton County Cold Case Featured in Ohio AG Database." Coshocton Tribune Jan 06 2013. ProQuest. Web. 28 May 2016