First Linton murder suspect was wanted on Putnam County warrant

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Edward Crosley

LINTON -- One of two Jasonville men accused of the murder of a Linton woman last week was wanted on a warrant from Putnam Superior Court.

Randal Edward Crosley, 26, and Jordan Wayne Buskirk, 25, are being held without bond in the Greene County Jail.

They are accused of the murder of 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe.

Wolfe's father reported her as missing around 10 p.m. Thursday, and the Linton Police Department began investigating her disappearance.

Crosley was taken into custody by LPD around 4 a.m. Friday and booked into jail at 5:46 a.m.

According to a police report, LPD officers talked to Crosley in the course of the Wolfe investigation and discovered that he was wanted on a warrant issued out of Putnam County. With assistance from other officers, Crosley was arrested without incident and transported to the Greene County Sheriff's Department.

His Putnam County warrant springs from a September 2011 arrest on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both Class A misdemeanors.

Although a pretrial diversion agreement was filed in the case, the State of Indiana set a review hearing for March of this year, but Crosley failed to appear. A Putnam County warrant was then issued for his arrest.

Jordan Buskirk

Fellow murder suspect Buskirk's arrest did not come until late Monday -- he was taken into custody a few hours after the body of Wolfe was found in a rural location near the border of Greene and Sullivan counties. Buskirk was booked in at 11:08 p.m.

Both men are being held on the preliminary charge of murder.

LPD Chief Troy Jerrell confirmed police had been looking closely at Buskirk and Crosley during the investigation.

"These two men have been 'persons of interest' since early on in the case," said Jerrell early Tuesday morning.

In addition to interrogations of the suspects, late last week police also searched a vehicle belonging to Buskirk but no information has been released about what, if any, evidence might have been recovered from Buskirk's car.

Indiana Conservation Officers located Wolfe's body around 5 p.m. Monday, with Linton Police releasing the information late that evening.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

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