Railroad Detective Frank B. Lakey

Railroad Detective Frank B. Lakey

Southern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Thursday, January 10, 1935

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Frank B. Lakey

Railroad Detective Frank Lakey was shot and killed while struggling with a subject near the railroad station at Ridgecrest, North Carolina, at approximately 11:00 pm.

He was riding a freight train from Asheville to Salisbury and discovered the man stealing from a boxcar as the train was stopped in Ridgecrest. Detective Lakey was shot in the head twice as he struggled with the man.

Several weeks later an 18-year-old man arrested in Greenville, South Carolina, was charged with Detective Lakey's murder after having confessed that he killed him.

Detective Lakey had served with the Southern Railway Police Department for two years. He had previously served with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office and as a Washington State forest ranger.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location North Carolina
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

larceny, trespasser

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Rest in Peace Detective Frank B. Lakey. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice keeping America's Steel Roadways safe.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.

I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at your murderer's flesh.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston,TX

January 11, 2016

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