News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 12, 2013

Coroner: Linton teen victim of homicide

Autopsy shows girl died from asphyxiation; two men jailed in Greene County

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

LINTON — Linton teenager Katelyn Wolfe died of asphyxiation in a “manner that is ruled a homicide” Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell said Tuesday night after an autopsy was performed earlier in the day at Terre Haute Regional Hospital by forensic pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr.

“The family at about 7:30 p.m. [Tuesday] did positively identify the person who we believe was Katelyn Wolfe by a photo,” taken at the hospital, Jerrell said.

Wolfe’s body “was recovered from a body of water in rural Sullivan County,” Jerrell said.

Jerrell said police are still investigating why and how Wolfe went missing and was found in a rural area near the Greene and Sullivan county border.

Wolfe, 19, was reported missing from her Linton home at 10 p.m. Thursday by her father. She was reportedly last seen by her family at about 10 p.m. last Wednesday, and she last used her cell phone at about 3 a.m. Thursday.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the case. Jordan Wayne Buskirk, 25, and Randal Edward Crosley, 26, are both being held without bond in the Greene County Jail at Bloomfield.

Crosley was taken into custody around 4 a.m. Friday on an unrelated Putnam County warrant, Jerrell said. Buskirk was arrested late Monday night.

On Tuesday, Jerrell told the Tribune-Star that Buskirk and Crosley were “persons of interest” early in the investigation. Jerrell said he expects charges in the Wolfe case to be filed against the two men late today or Thursday.

The police chief declined to give any more information on the investigation.

“We’ve come a long way in the last five to six days, from having a missing person to having a possible crime victim to having a body found,” Jerrell said. “Everything has happened so quickly in this case, we don’t know what we can release without jeopardizing the case.”

Once it was reported that Wolfe was missing, police received a lot of tips from the community, Jerrell said.

Her family became worried after not hearing from Katelyn all day, and when they could not find her they went to the police.

“From their description of the way she normally communicates, it was unlike her to go ‘off the grid,’” Jerrell said, referring to no use of her cell phone or posts to her Facebook account after 3 a.m. Thursday. In her final post online, she did mention that she was out for a walk and that there were people in the area.

“In these types of cases, we will leave no stone unturned,” Jerrell said. “The Indiana State Police have been great in helping, and they are still helping with whatever resources we need.”

Jerrell said his department has been working non-stop on the case, and that he was expecting his officers to take a much-needed break Tuesday afternoon and evening.

“My guys have got to have some sleep sometime,” he said. “And that’s crucial, because we don’t want them to make any mistakes, either for their own safety, or on the procedures and paperwork.”