|Birth: ||Mar. 13, 1934|
|Death: ||Jul. 12, 1987|
On June 26, 1987, Thomas Paul West and some friends went to Don Bortle's trailer outside Tucson to buy some electronic goods Bortle had advertised for sale. On July 12, 1987, West returned to the trailer, tied Bortle up, beat him and stole numerous items. West stole Bortle's car and took the stolen goods to Phoenix, where he intended to sell them.
While in Phoenix, West told friends what he had done. One of his friends called the Pima County Sheriff's Office and told them to check on Bortle. On July 17, 1987, a deputy entered Bortle's trailer and found Bortle's bound and gagged body. Bortle had died from blunt force injuries to his head.
SSGT, US AIR FORCE
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
Plot: 25, 0, 90
Maintained by: Marilyn
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
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