Detective Merle Rankin Colver

Detective Merle Rankin Colver

Wichita Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Friday, August 14, 1931

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Merle Rankin Colver

Detective Merle Colver was shot and killed while questioning two robbery suspects in their hotel room.

As he began to search the hotel room he was shot by one of the men. The suspect was arrested within 24 hours and convicted of Detective Colver's murder.

The murderer escaped from prison on May 30, 1933, but was shot and seriously wounded by a posse on December 30, 1933. He was returned to prison and died from his wounds on January 6, 1934.

Detective Colver was survived by his wife. He was buried in Clearwater Cemetery, Clearwater, Sedgwick County, Kansas.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Det. Colver,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wichita. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 14, 2021

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