Type of Officer: Investigator
Jurisdiction: Ford County
County: Ford County
Death Date: 9/23/2003
Added to Memorial: 2004
Circumstances of death: Automobile Accident
On the morning of September 23, 2003, Ford County Sheriff’s Office investigator Bret D. Tepe was driving to meet with an agent from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to conduct interviews. Investigator Tepe was traveling on Highway 50 west of Spearville when the right rear tire of an eastbound vehicle blew out. That vehicle went left of center, striking Investigator Tepe’s vehicle head-on. Investigator Tepe was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the eastbound vehicle also died in the accident. Bret D. Tepe was 37 years old at the time of his death. Investigator Tepe is survived by his wife, Angela, and three children.