Affidavit shows Warrick Co. murder suspects thought victim was informant for police

Affidavit shows Warrick Co. murder suspects thought victim was informant for police

WARRICK CO., IN (WFIE) - The sheriff’s office says they have made an arrest in the investigation that began when a woman’s body was found badly burned last month.

According to the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony Wolfe II, 24, of Evansville and Brian Baumgartner, 43, of Boonville are being preliminary charged with the murder of Valarie Ruark.

The probable cause affidavits say the suspects believed Ruark was and informant for police, and that’s why she was killed.

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

Ruark’s body was found badly burned last month near the intersection of Seven Hills Road and Wasson Road.

Authorities believe Wolfe picked up Ruark from Stepping Stone on April 20.

Two days later, a witness says Wolfe told him “nobody needed to worry about Valarie anymore.”

The witness says Wolfe told him he took Valarie to the country, made her lay down and smile, shot her with a rifle, and burned her body.

Affidavits say search warrants were executed Wednesday at two homes. One home is on Shelton Road in Boonville.

That’s where authorities say Ruark’s cell phone records place her in the early morning hours of April 21, before moving to the area of where her body was later found.

Detectives say they found evidence that Ruark was shot at the Shelton Road home, and a rifle was found in a burn pile.

The other home searched on Wednesday is on Fares Ave. in Evansville. 14 News cameras caught exclusive video of the search there.

Wednesday morning investigation on Fares Ave.

Detectives say two cars were seized, including a Cadillac that Ruark was making payments on.

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