Investigator Bret Duane Tepe

Investigator Bret Duane Tepe

Ford County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, September 23, 2003

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Bret Duane Tepe

Investigator Bret Tepe was killed in an automobile accident while driving on U.S. Route 50 near Spearville at about 9:20 am.

Investigator Tepe was on duty and driving his personal vehicle when a car traveling the opposite direction experienced a tire blow-out. The vehicle crossed into Investigator Tepe's lane and struck his vehicle head-on. He and the driver of the other car were both killed.

At the time of the crash investigators for the Ford County Sheriff's Office drove their personal vehicles while on duty to reduce the costs of purchasing vehicles by the department.

Investigator Tepe was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Ford County Sheriff's Office for 12 years and had previously served with the Goodland Police Department for one year. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge S06
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

routine driving

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Happy 55th Birthday my darling! We would sure have such a great celebration for you today, your beautiful daughters have grown into lovely, wonderful grown ups. Your grandkids, oh my goodness how you would be absolutely smitten with them, they each have a streak of orneriness in them. I wish they could know you, but I imagine that they knew you in heaven before they came down to us. Their presence and video calls light up my world . Every year gets easier, but every year gets harder too. I miss you desperately.

Angela Gleason

August 25, 2022

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