Oakey Albert “Al” Kite, Jr., 53, graduated from Weldon (NC) High School and Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, NC where he majored in Business Administration. He then began a 31 year career with Stone & Webster, an engineering firm. Al started as Time Keeper at the Surrey (NC) Nuclear Plant, then moved up to accountant and eventually Department Head. His work assignments included project accountant in Massachusetts, Texas, New York, Nevada, Wyoming and Tennessee. He worked as senior time keeper on a project in Algeria. Al was manager of accounting procedures at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, San Francisco International Airport and Bay Area Rapid Transit in California.
Along the way, Al was married in 1976 to Gail Kay, a high scool friend. He had a stepdaughter. The marriage ended in divorce in 1988. Al came to Aurora in 1998. He enjoyed Colorado. Al loved to play golf bike, hike and ski. But in 2002, the company where he had spent his entire career downsized Al. He then went to work for Carter & Burgess, a consulting firm in Denver.
Al”s sister, Barbara Hanna, describes him as “very compassionate, very trusting (which may have led to his death); he had a goodness about him.”
Al rented out the basement apartment of his home at 2002 So. Helena St. in Aurora. In May, 2004 his tenant left so Al put an apartment-for-rent ad in the paper. A man answered the ad. A neighbor later described a man she had seen leave the premises on May 19.
On May 24, Al’s employer called his sister in North Carolina to say Al had not come to work nor called in and they were worried. Barbara knew this was uncharacteristic of her brother and called Aurora Police.
When Aurora Police finally went to investigate they found Al dead in his home. The coroner said his death had occurred the previous Saturday, May 22, and resulted from wounds inflicted by a sharp instrument. Al’s blue & gray GMC pickup was found parked several blocks from his home. His cell phone was recovered miles away. His credit cards had substantial charges made after he died.
Though police have a composite drawing made from witnesses descriptions, no arrest has been made in this case. If you have any information about the murder of Oakey Albert Kite, please call Detective Thomas Sobieski at 303-739-6710.