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June 13, 2013

Murder suspects: 'It was something that popped in our heads'

Formal charges filed on Buskirk, Crosley in death of Linton woman.

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BLOOMFIELD —

At around 3:10 a.m., the two drove to a lake in rural Sullivan County where they used rope and a 20-pound anchor weight to throw Wolfe’s body down a hill. After a drug deal, the two went to a gas station in Sullivan to dispose of evidence.

It was video from that station that gave investigators the opening they needed. The affidavit stated mud on Crosley’s pants gave away a clue the Linton man was not being truthful in his statements. They also believed the two were allegedly hiding information based on phone records. Buskirk and Crosley both said they sold Wolfe the Valium, but left her in Sullivan on the night she disappeared.

In the affidavit, the two admitted they were drug dealers. A search of Buskirk’s vehicle found a ledger, cash and synthetic marijuana. Another search of Buskirk’s vehicle found a bottle of carpet cleaner in the trunk of the vehicle. A test of a stain in the car found blood. It was not determined if the blood was Wolfe’s, the affidavit said.

Wolfe’s father reported the girl missing last Thursday in Linton. Searches were made for the girl, but she was found from a tip by Crosley’s wife, Tamera. She told investigators she went to the lake on Sunday to look for Wolfe. She was familiar with the lake because of her husband and found a shoe floating in the water.

Conservation officers were then called in to search the area. Wolfe’s body was found by divers that afternoon. Buskirk was in the middle of failing a polygraph interview at the time and was then confronted with the news about the body. He then gave the alleged confession.

As to a possible motive, the affidavit also said the two “had previous conversations about forcing themselves onto a complete stranger for at least a week,” and Buskirk said the two went to an intimates store in Terre Haute and purchased handcuffs, restraints and other items.

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