Investigator Bret Duane Tepe

Investigator Bret Duane Tepe

Ford County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Bret Duane Tepe

Investigator Bret Tepe was killed in an automobile accident while driving on U.S. 50 near Spearville at 0920 hours.

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. Investigator Tepe and the driver of the other car were both killed.

Investigators for the Ford County Sheriff's Office drive 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 previously served 1 year with the Goodland Police Department.

He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge S06

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Hey Dad.
It's been a crazy year. My family and I moved to Arkansas, we love it here. In January I had my second boy Kasen, he was born with a Congenital heart disease. He was rushed out of the room and flown to the closest children's hospital. I met him there the next day. At 7 days old he had open heart surgery. While waiting to see him after surgery..Mom, Aldyn and I went on a walk and we saw a Cardinal. I believe that was a sign that you were with us that day. Thank you for being with my Kasen.

Recovery has gone well, we still have some hurdles to overcome, but we have a great support system. Both boys definitely have that Strong Tepe gene.

I love you and miss you.


May 14, 2018

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