Two friends charged in the killing of a 19-year-old Indiana woman allegedly tried to keep police off their tracks by using the victim’s cellphone to post an update on her Facebook account hinting that she was being followed by “creeps,” according to court documents released Thursday.
Jordan W. Buskirk, 26, and Randal E. Crosley, 25, are charged with murder and criminal confinement in the death of Katelyn Wolfe, whose body was found Monday bound with duct tape and rope at the bottom of a rural lake. The documents allege the men picked her up near her home, then later pulled her from the car and attacked her along a rural road before dumping her body.
The Jasonville men are also charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit rape. Crosley also faces drug-dealing charges stemming from his alleged sale of prescription medication to Wolfe hours before she was slain.
Both men are jailed without bond in the Greene County Jail in Bloomfield. A Greene County judge approved probable cause affidavits late Wednesday charging the men, though neither man has been arraigned.
Wolfe’s father reported her missing June 6, about 20 hours after she was last seen walking in Linton, about 30 miles south of Terre Haute. Her body was found attached to a 20-pound anchor weight in the lake, and an autopsy showed she died from asphyxia due to smothering, according to the affidavits filed Thursday morning in Greene Superior Court.
Buskirk and Crosley are described in the documents as best friends since childhood. A message seeking comment was left Thursday for Buskirk’s attorney. It was unclear if Crosley has an attorney.
Messages seeking comment also were left with the Greene County prosecutor’s office, where a woman who declined to give her name said both men would appear in court within a couple days.
According to the affidavits, Buskirk told investigators he and Crosley killed Wolfe early on June 6 along a Greene County road. They then placed her body in the trunk of Buskirk’s car and drove around getting high, intending to conduct a drug deal that didn’t work out, before arriving at the lake.
During that ride, Buskirk told officers, Crosley used Wolfe’s cellphone to update her Facebook account and send text messages from it “to try to cover their tracks,” according to the affidavit.
The Facebook update, appearing to look as if Wolfe had posted it, stated: “Trying to party looking for fun. Out on a walk with creeps that keep driving by,” according to the court documents.
Buskirk also allegedly told investigators that he and Crosley had been discussing for at least a week the idea of “forcing themselves onto a complete stranger” and then raping and murdering that person. He told officers it “was just something that popped into their heads,” though they had no particular target, according to the affidavit.
He told officers he and Crosley sold Wolfe some Valium pills on June 5, and that Crosley texted her later that night and arranged to pick her up near her home in Linton. After picking her up about 1 a.m. on June 6, the pair allegedly stopped along a county road, pulled her from the car and climbed on top of her, planning to rape her, as Crosley choked Wolfe until she passed out, according to the affidavits.
Buskirk told officers he then handcuffed Wolfe behind her back while Crosley taped her legs and mouth with duct tape and struck her several times in the face after she tried to bite them. Crosley then put his own shirt over Wolfe’s face and put more tape over her head, the affidavit said.
Crosley then said “over and over that she needed to die,” prompting Buskirk to wrap a rope around her neck and choke her until she stopped struggling, according to the affidavit. They then placed Wolfe in the trunk, tied her up and drove to the lake, where they dragged her body to a ledge overlooking the lake and threw it into the water.