Friend remembers Valarie Ruark, woman found badly burned in field

Friend remembers Valarie Ruark, woman found badly burned in field

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - We are learning new developments after a woman was found dead in a field in Warrick County. Tonight we know that woman is Valarie Anne Ruark, 32.

Authorities have not said how she died or who may have killed her. Ruark’s body was found badly burned off a gravel road in a remote area last Friday.

Warrick County Sheriff Michael Wilder tells us they have 10 deputies actively working this case. He says they do not have a suspect, but he still does not believe that this was a random killing.

Meanwhile those close to Ruark tell me they cannot imagine anyone wanting to harm her.

“It’s so inhumane what they did to her and where they left her. That just blew my mind,” says friend Derek VanWormer.

Family and friends of Valerie Ruark are learning the worst has happened. The Boonville mother was last seen days before her body was found badly burned in a rural field.

“She’s one of those free spirits she’ll pop back up you know she always does. But yeah I mean it was like are you serious right now? I need you to repeat this information. I’m still grasping it,” says VanWormer.

Ruark went to Castle. That is where VanWormer has his first memory of her.

“In 8th grade. I still remember it. It was right there in the cafeteria. Kind of love at first sight I guess you could say,” says VanWormer.

VanWormer got into trouble and found himself incarcerated. They kept their friendship alive through letters.

“She gave me hope when I didn’t have hope, and love when I felt no one loved me. She was a good, kind soul,” says VanWormer.

VanWormer says no matter how low life got, Ruark was there to help him.

“Whether it was rides, whether it was a place to stay, whether it was someone to talk to,” says VanWormer.

Ruark was loyal to those who loved her, VanWormer says, and that is what he is going to miss most.

If he could write her a letter now, he would say, “You’re heart was pure, and you’re truly going to be missed.”

Deputies are trying to determine where Ruark was last seen alive and what happened each day after that ended in her death. Right now no motive has been determined, but Sheriff Wilder expects that to become more clear once they have a more distinct timeline of Ruark’s final days.

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