11/07/2002 1:00AM

Police seek Roger Holbrook


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - State and local police in Indiana are continuing to seek the whereabouts of Roger Holbrook, suspected of shooting and killing his estranged wife, trainer Barbara Holbrook, at her rural trailer home Tuesday in Yorkville, Ind.

John Vance, a detective in the sheriff's office of Dearborn County, where the murder occurred, said Thursday that no warrant has been issued for the arrest of Roger Holbrook.

"We just want to talk to him," said Vance.

Vance said the Indiana State Police is assisting his office in the murder investigation but that no other agencies are involved. Vance added that he could release no details about the murder.

Dearborn County has released descriptions of vehicles that Roger Holbrook, 56, possibly could be using to elude them. Those vehicles are a red 1999 Chevrolet four-door pickup with Kentucky license 23-48-GV; a white four-door Chevy Malibu with either a Kentucky license of 576-FYX or West Virginia NCG-713; or a gold 2000 Ford Contour with Ohio plates. Anyone with pertinent information has been asked to call (812) 537-8730.

Sources familiar with the case say that since the Holbrooks, both of whom had lengthy careers in racing, split apart some two years ago, Roger Holbrook had been highly persistent in his efforts to reconcile. One source said a hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday concerning a temporary restraining order that Barbara Holbrook had taken out on him.

Funeral arrangements for Barbara Holbrook, 52, remained incomplete Thursday.