07/31/2003

Police Seek Radio Dispatcher's Killer

Officer Down: Fred M. Slaughter - [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

By Mark Fazlollah, Philadelphia Inquirer

Homicide investigators called for the public's help yesterday in their search for the killer of Philadelphia police radio dispatcher Fred M. Slaughter.

Police found the body of Slaughter, 32, Tuesday evening in a bed at his home in the 700 block of North Preston Street near the city's Mantua section.

Slaughter, who shared the home with his mother and stepfather, had been shot in the head and stomach.

At a news conference at Police Headquarters, Homicide Capt. Richard Ross Jr. said "cooperation from the public is going to be essential."

Ross said there were no signs of forced entry and no known motive for the killing.

Investigators had found little physical evidence in the case, he said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334.

Slaughter, who worked eight years with the department, lay dead for hours before family members realized he had been slain, they said.

His stepfather told police he saw Slaughter in the bed but thought he was asleep. The stepfather told detectives that he tried to wake Slaughter about 7:20 p.m., found that he had been killed, and called police.

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