Sandra Michelle Dunbar was murdered on September 1, 1991. She was twenty-seven years old.

Sandra was a manager at the Wendy’s located on Cache Road in Lawton. She had gone to work early in the morning of September 1 to get the store ready to open. When her husband called the restaurant and Sandra didn’t answer, he went to check on her only to find her shot to death in the back of the building near the back door.

She had been shot several times in the head with a small-caliber weapon, and police have always believed it was a robbery turned murder. It’s believed that she was killed sometime between 6 and 7 am. Sandra’s husband reported that at least one door to the restaurant was unlocked, which is how he gained entry to check on his wife, leading police to believe this was how the suspect left the building, however they weren’t sure how the suspect gained entry. An undisclosed amount of money was missing and there were no signs of forced entry.

Authorities have always believed that only one person was involved in the murder, but despite their efforts and a cash reward offer, no real leads in the case were ever established. Eventually, three years after Sandra’s murder, her family hired a private detective to look into the case. He too, was unable to solve the case.

Sandra was from South Carolina, which is where her family returned her to for burial. She and her husband Montgomery were in Lawton because Montgomery was stationed there with the Army. Her parents and her sisters deeply miss Sandra, and only want answers as to why her life was cut so short.

If you have any information regarding the murder of Sandra Michelle Dunbar, please contact the Lawton Police Department at 508-581-3270.

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