Fugitives arrested in Hill County
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Alice Campbell Havre Daily News [email protected]
Abel Travis Wolf, 35, and his wife, Denise Ann Wolf, 40, are being held without bond in the Hill County Detention Center, both on a charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and on Oklahoma District Court warrants. Hill County Sheriff's deputies arrested the two on Road 405 near the border of Rocky Boy' s Indian Reservation on the charges and warrants Thursday. Jessica Brown, public information officer with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said the couple is wanted for unlawfully removing a dead body that is presumed to be that of their 11-year-old daughter, Cheyenne. Several days ago, Ardmore, Okla., police received a report from relatives that Cheyenne was missing, after the family members grew concerned that no contact had been made with the girl since the Wolfs began a string of moves Through Montana and Oregon, Brown said. The Ardmore police referred the case to the Bryan County Sheriff's Office, which alerted the OSBI, Brown said. Police searched a storage unit used by the couple in the Milton-Freewater area in Oregon. The remains were discovered there. Based on signed affidavits by two people, those remains are Cheyenne's, and "it's possible that one of her siblings actually beat her to death," Brown said. The affiants told law enforcement that the family was upset with Cheyenne because she would not eat dinner one night. While Abel was outside smoking, he told the affiant, he heard a thump, but that Cheyenne seemed fine. She was found dead the next day. "Abel Wolf put Cheyenne Wolf's body in a sleeping bag and then put her body into a large plastic tub," the affidavit said. That tub was then stored in a shed, buried under the deck and then moved with the family in August 2008 to Havre. One of the siblings, Sara Elizabeth, ran away in January and the couple began to worry that word would get out about Cheyenne, so they moved her remains to a chicken coop on their inlaws; Edward Lee and Grady Davis, property in the Milton-Freewater area, the affidavits said. According to the affidavits, Denise discovered that Edward Davis had been going through the family possessions in January, and she then moved the body to a storage unit in the same area. Edward Davis, brother of Denise, of Milton-Freewater, told officials during a June 30 phone interview that Denise told him she "went into the house and found Elizabeth Wolf kicking and stomping Cheyenne Wolf in the bedroom. Cheyenne Wolf was already dead ... Abel Wolf was with Denise during the whole incident," according to the affidavits. The remains are being shipped to Portland, Ore., where the medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy to determine who the remains are and the cause of death, Brown said. "We believe that it was April 2008 that she died," Brown said. Hill County Attorney Gina Dahl said this morning that it is unclear if the remains were in Montana and that "they were initially picked up on" the charges of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. While she said she's not sure if the charges will be pursued, "we have filed a fugitive complaint already to start the extradition process" back to Oklahoma. The couple may waive their right to an extradition hearing, and that would speed up how soon they return to Oklahoma, although no timetable is certain, Dahl said, adding that they should appear in court today or Wednesday.