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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. III - Page 230« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Roy Sansom Truly)

Mr. Truly.
There were other officers in other parts of the building taking other employees, like office people's names. I noticed that Lee Oswald was not among these boys.
So I picked up the telephone and called Mr. Aiken down at the other warehouse who keeps our application blanks. Back up there.
First I mentioned to Mr. Campbell--I asked Bill Shelley if he had seen him, he looked around and said no.
Mr. Belin.
When you asked Bill Shelley if he had seen whom?
Mr. Truly.
Lee Oswald. I said, "Have you seen him around lately," and he said no.
So Mr. Campbell is standing there, and I said, "I have a boy over here missing. I don't know whether to report it or not." Because I had another one or two out then. I didn't know whether they were all there or not. He said, "What do you think"? And I got to thinking. He said, "Well, we better do it anyway." It was so quick after that.
So I picked the phone up then and called Mr. Aiken, at the warehouse, and got the boy's name and general description and telephone number and address at Irving.
Mr. Belin.
Did you have any address for him in Dallas, or did you just have an address in Irving?
Mr. Truly.
Just the address in Irving. I knew nothing of this Dallas address. I didn't know he was living away from his family.
Mr. Belin.
Now, would that be the address and the description as shown on this application, Exhibit 496?
Mr. Truly.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Did you ask for the name and addresses of any other employees who might have been missing?
Mr. Truly.
No, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Why didn't you ask for any other employees?
Mr. Truly.
That is the only one that I could be certain right then was missing.
Mr. Belin.
Then what did you do after you got that information?
Mr. Truly.
Chief Lumpkin of the Dallas Police Department was standing a few feet from me. I told Chief Lumpkin that I had a boy missing over here "I don't know whether it amounts to anything or not." And I gave him his description. And he says, "Just a moment. We will go tell Captain Fritz."
Mr. Belin.
All right. And then what happened?
Mr. Truly.
So Chief Lumpkin had several officers there that he was talking to, and I assumed that he gave him some instructions of some nature I didn't hear it. And then he turned to me and says, "Now we will go upstairs".
So we got on one of the elevators, I don't know which, and rode up to the sixth floor. I didn't know Captain Fritz was on the sixth floor. And he was over in the northwest corner of the building.
Mr. Belin.
By the stairs there?
Mr. Truly.
Yes; by the stairs.
Mr. Belin.
All right.
Mr. Truly.
And there were other officers with him. Chief Lumpkin stepped over and told Captain Fritz that I had something that I wanted to tell him.
Mr. Belin.
All right. And then what happened
Mr. Truly.
So Captain Fritz left the men he was with and walked over about 8 or 10 feet and said, "What is it, Mr. Truly," or words to that effect.
And I told him about this boy missing and gave him his address and telephone number and general description. And he says, "Thank you, Mr. Truly. We will take care of it.
And I went back downstairs in a few minutes.
There was a reporter followed me away from that spot, and asked me who Oswald was. I told the reporter, "You must have ears like a bird, or something. I don't want to say anything about a boy I don't know anything about. This is a terrible thing." Or words to that effect.
I said, "Don't bother me. Don't mention the name. Let's find something out."
So I went back downstairs with Chief Lumpkin.
Mr. Belin.
When you got on the sixth floor, did you happen to go over to the southeast corner of the sixth floor at about that time or not?
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