Indiana State Police seek 'electric or bright blue' truck in Hidden Valley homicide

Vehicle may've been nearby when hoops star killed

DEARBORN COUNTY, Ohio -- Police hope the public can help them track down a "electric or bright blue" truck that might've been nearby when a former star basketball star was killed last week.

Thomas Biedenharn, 73, was found dead on Memorial Day in his Hidden Valley home.

Tom Biedenharn in 1961 (Provided by Elder)

He was a 6-foot, 7-inch junior center on the 1960-61 Elder team that was ranked No. 1 in the state and went undefeated during the regular season. The team was 20-0 before losing to Withrow in the district tournament.

Almost 60 years later, Biedenharn still holds Elder's record for highest season scoring average (24.8), which he set as a senior in 1961-1962.

He also played at the University of Cincinnati, and eventually moved away from the West Side and became a successful farm goods salesman.

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Evidence at the scene indicated Biedenharn's death was caused by foul play, and a Hamilton County coroner's autopsy Wednesday ruled it a homicide, according to Indiana State Police.

ISP said a newer-model, four-door or extended cab truck might have been in the area when Biedenharn was killed. It was described as "electric or bright blue" in color.

Anyone that may have seen a truck matching that description in the area over the Memorial Day weekend is urged to call the Indiana State Police, Versailles-Criminal Investigation Division at 812-689-5000.

Anyone providing information about this homicide may remain anonymous.

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