The autopsy report will determine if this is suicide but all evidence points
that way. Just another outstanding example of a "religious"
person in a position of power and authority being a pedophile. I say
"religious" because it is not at all limited to Christians.
Tom White, Voice Of The Martyrs Director, May Have
Committed Suicide Amid Abuse Probe
04/23/12 06:47 PM ET
TULSA, Okla. -- Oklahoma authorities are investigating whether the executive
director of an international Christian ministry killed himself amid allegations
he'd molested a 10-year-old girl, police said Monday.
Tom White had been reported missing last Tuesday, the same day police in
Bartlesville received a report about the alleged molestation, said Bartlesville
Police Capt. Jay Hastings. White was the executive director for The Voice of the
Martyrs, a nonprofit headquartered in in the city 50 miles north of Tulsa that
says it provides medical supplies, food and clothing to persecuted Christians
Police found the 64-year-old's body at the organization's Bartlesville
headquarters Wednesday. Employees discovered a letter in White's vehicle
indicating he was "suicidal or possibly fleeing to avoid
investigation" and turned it over to police, Hastings said.
"You can take it either way," Hastings said. "It was kind of a
goodbye letter. You don't know if he was talking about himself."
Hastings said police are awaiting an autopsy report by the state Medical
Examiner's Office. A message seeking comment was left with the office Monday.
In a document filed last week in Washington County District Court, police had
asked a judge to order White's cellphone carrier to provide them with "real
time GPS pinging" of the phone to determine where he was. To support the
request, officers stated in the document that White "had been reported to
have molested a 10-year-old juvenile female" and that he disappeared when
police began to investigate.
Hastings could not say Monday if the child was believed to be involved in the
ministry or how White is believed to have come in contact with her.
In a statement posted on its website, the ministry where White had served as
executive director for more than 20 years said its board of directors did not
know about the accusations at the time of White's death. It went on to say that
"rather than face those allegations, and all of the resulting fallout for
his family and this ministry and himself, Tom appears to have chosen to take his
"There is no doubt that Tom cared about his wife, his children and his
grandchildren. And there's no doubt that he cared about VOM," the statement
said. "We are deeply saddened by these events. Our hearts are broken."
Ministry spokesman Todd Nettleton said he could not comment beyond the
No telephone listing for White's family could be found Monday.