Identity of badly burned body found in Warrick Co. released

Homicide investigation underway after badly burned body found in Warrick Co., sheriff’s office says
Updated: Apr. 30, 2019 at 9:32 AM CDT
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WARRICK CO., IN (WFIE) - The identity of the body found in Warrick County has been released.

According to the sheriff’s office, the victim has been identified as 32-year-old Valarie Anne Ruark, of Boonville.

Valarie Anne Ruark (Cullen) (Source: Facebook)
Valarie Anne Ruark (Cullen) (Source: Facebook)

The sheriff’s office says Ruark’s body was found Friday near the intersection of Seven Hills Road and Wasson Road.

Monday, the sheriff’s office said they had been able to preliminary identify the victim, but they were waiting to release the name until they confirm who it is. We’re told Ruark’s body was badly burned.

The case is being treated as a homicide investigation and 10 deputies are currently working it.

“I don’t think, the little bit that we know that this is just going to be some random killing, that this is some loose killer on the street just looking to kill for random," Warrick County Sheriff Michael Wilder explains. "That’s how I really believe this not to be. I think we’re going to find out these are some people that are associated for some type of reason.”

The area where Ruark’s body was found, which is an active mine blast location, is very remote. In fact, you have to drive on a gravel road for about 3 miles to get there.

According to authorities, her body was found about 100 feet from the road. Sheriff Wilder says it would have been easy for people passing by not to see her.

“There were 3 of them out there fishing, looking for some turtles and they came across an area there that they noticed something had been burned. At first I think they even thought it was deer carcass and as they got closer realized they believed it was a body,” says Sheriff Wilder.

Sheriff Wilder says they do not have a suspect, but he still does not believe that this was a random killing.

If you have any information please call the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office at 812-897-6180 or 800-223-6374.

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