Dallas Police Probe Suicide, Bodies
Jan. 04, 2002
DALLAS (AP) _ Police are investigating whether a man's suicide is linked to his mother's disappearance, the deaths of two of her friends and a lawsuit in which she accused her son of stealing from the family business.
Inger Buckner has been missing since Dec. 15. Weeks earlier, she had sued her son, Michael, demanding he return $60,000 from their company, which makes high-tech prosthetic limbs.
Michael Buckner, who disappeared the same day as his mother, was found dead Sunday. He had shot himself.
On Wednesday, police found three bodies in the home of Ralph H. Throneberry and Joan L. Wildenhaus, who were close friends of Inger Buckner and who also had not been seen since Dec. 15.
The couple had been shot. The third shooting victim had not been identified by late Thursday, but it could be Inger Buckner, police Cpl. Steve Walthall said.
``Everything is under investigation,'' he said.
Inger Buckner, 62, moved to Dallas from Germany about 40 years ago with her husband, Horst. They founded Life-like Laboratories in the 1980s and developed a national reputation for making high-tech prosthetic limbs.
Michael Buckner took over as president and 25 percent owner after Horst Buckner's death four years ago. According to his mother's lawsuit, she fired him in November after finding irregularities in the business operations.
She demanded that her son return $60,000 taken from the business, along with company records.
Inger Buckner's attorney did not return calls Thursday seeking comment.