Sheriff identifies burned body found in Warrick County

News

Update

WARRICK COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – On Tuesday, investigators named the woman whose body was found in Warrick County.

Sheriff’s deputies said they don’t know how 32-year-old Valarie Anne Ruark ended up in the rural area where her body was found, but detectives are working to find out.

Ruark was found over the weekend near Seven Hills and Wasson Rd.

It took investigators a couple of days to positively identify the body.

They said it was badly burned.

Officials confirmed Ruark’s identity with dental records.

Sheriff Michael Wilder said the area she was found is remote but often enjoyed by people hunting and fishing.

“What we’ll try to do is find the last known time she was alive. From that point, we’ll basically reconstruct her life from that point backwards – try to work from that point forwards. That will hopefully lead us to some type of conclusion,” said Wilder.

The sheriff said every homicide case is unusual but this one is even more so.

He said investigators are looking into several items found next to Ruark’s body.

If you have any information, call the sheriff’s office.

Investigators want to know how Ruark got there.

Original story

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Warrick County Sheriff Michael Wilder announced the identity of the victim in a homicide investigation on Tuesday.

The victim was identified as Valarie Anne Ruark, 32, of Boonville.

Deputies said the body was found badly burned in Warrick County, near the intersection of Seven Hills Rd. and Wasson Rd.

For the latest breaking news and stories from across the Tri-State, follow Eyewitness News on Facebook and Twitter.
(This story was originally published on April 30, 2019)

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.