Autopsy provides Linton police clues in Katelyn Wolfe's death

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Katelyn Wolfe's autopsy now gives Linton police important clues in her death. Chief Troy Jarrell confirmed the cause of death of the 19-year-old on Tuesday, "It's death by asphyxiation. Those are preliminary, depending on the outcome of probably other tests."


Police are releasing few other details until the two suspects in Wolfe's death are formally charged.

Last night a candle light vigil was held in memory of 19-year-old Katelyn, who was last heard from on Thursday. Family members say police acted very quickly in determining she was a missing person within hours, and beginning to search.

Her body was discovered near the Greene-Sullivan county line by a conservation officer on Monday evening.

Katelyn's life took a critical turn early last Thursday morning. Family spokesperson Lesa Lewellyn says Katelyn "Posted on her Facebook at 3 a.m. 'out to have some fun. Those creeps are following me.'"

Chief Jarrell would not corroborate the "two creeps" with the guys he's holding. "No, I cannot confirm that," he said Tuesday night. "The only update I have at this time is that she was recovered from a body of water in rural Sullivan County."

The two men held in the alleged homicide, Randal Crosley and Jordan Buskirk, are from nearby Jasonville. Both have minor criminal records.

"Not going to speculate on motive at this point," said Jarrell. "Still way too early in the investigation to be doing that."

Katelyn was Facebook friends with one of the suspects - Buskirk.   

Crosley's page shows a baby and he posted, "I am now officially a happily-married man." That was posted in March.

Jordan Buskirk's page shows him holding a toddler. One of his last status updates: "Watching a true original classic... Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

Linton has a population of just over 5,000, so this is a town where people know each other and are deeply affected by what has happened.

At a cafe on Linton's Main Street, Katelyn and her dad, both artists, liked to hang out. Dad's pictures hang there. 

"He's devastated," said Lewellyn. "Katelyn was his only daughter. Katelyn's mother passed away - it'll be three years."

Eric Wolfe's paintings are now for sale. The cafe owner said "in order for him to pay for his daughter's funeral, because they don't have insurance."

Accidentally in the collection - a piece by Katelyn.

"I'm not sure her dad meant for it to come," says cafe owner Denise York." A family friend brought it, so I put it in the back to save it for him."

"The six years that we've been here, he's had artwork up here and sold many paintings and I'm sure he never thought that he'd have to sell it to pay for a funeral," York said.

The victim's family set up a fund for her funeral expenses. Donations can go to any Regions  Bank for the Katelyn Wolfe fund.

Her father's paintings can be purchased at the Francisco de Borja coffee shop on Main Street in Linton,