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Two men charged in killing of 19-year-old Linton woman

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Katelyn Wolfe Katelyn Wolfe
Jordan Buskirk Jordan Buskirk
Randal Crosley Randal Crosley
LINTON, Ind. -

Prosecutors have formally charged two southwestern Indiana men in the killing of a 19-year-old woman whose body was found submerged in a rural lake.

The details behind the murder of Katelyn Wolfe go beyond disturbing, according to police. The case has left people in her small city of Linton in shock.

Probable cause affidavits show murder charges were filed Wednesday night against 26-year-old Jordan Buskirk and 25-year-old Randal Crosley in Katelyn Wolfe's death.

Court documents say a conservation officer found Katelyn Wolfe's body submerged in a Sullivan County lake. She had been duct taped and smothered to death.

The same documents say Buskirk and Crosley confessed to killing the 19-year-old after they all used drugs together.

Investigators used cell phone records to connect the two men to Katelyn's disappearance.

According to court documents, Burkirk and Crosley admitted to planning to force themselves on a stranger for at least a week. A few days prior to the alleged attack, Buskirk told police that he and Crosley bought condoms, handcuffs, restraint straps, rope and a 20-lb. weight.

Buskirk told investigators the initial plan was to "rape and then murder" and that it was an idea that "popped in their heads."

Buskirk said they kept the items in the trunk of his car and that they weren't targeting Katelyn Wolfe specifically, but that they intended to attack someone.

Both Jasonville men also face charges of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit rape and criminal confinement. They're being held without bond.

The affidavits allege the men killed Wolfe on June 6 and dumped her weighted body in a rural Sullivan County lake. The documents also allege Crosley then used the Linton woman's cellphone to update her Facebook account to hide their actions.

That posting stated that Wolfe was "out on a walk with creeps that keep driving by."

However, investigators say the men's statements were contradicted by their own cell phone records.

Katelyn Wolfe's aunt says the teen's father feared the worst the night she went missing.

"He knew something was wrong when she put the post on her Facebook that some creepers were following her," said Lesa Lewellyn, Katelyn's aunt.

Investigators used Katelyn's Facebook page and text messages to narrow their focus onto the suspects.

Buskirk and Crosley told police they used drugs with Katelyn while conducting drug sales.

While driving around, court documents show Crosley choked Wolfe in a head lock, duct-taped her mouth and head and used rope around her neck until she stopped struggling.

Those same documents show that the men brought Wolfe's body to Sullivan County, dumped her in the lake and even took steps to make sure her body would not surface by weighting it down. Court documents show Katelyn was tied with rope into a fetal position and attached a 20-lb. weight.

At first, Buskirk and Crosley denied their involvement in the murder - until police revealed what they believe to be incriminating evidence. During questioning police say both men admitted after giving Katelyn drugs, they carried out their attack plan on her.

On top of learning the pain she suffered being murdered, her family is struggling with coming up with money to give the 19-year-old a decent funeral. The public is already helping.

Nine-year-old Tyler Vivian has raised almost $3,000 selling lemonade.

"The Wolfe family didn't have any money for the funeral so I decided to do the lemonade stand," said Tyler.

"So for the community to come together and assist them in providing a burial for their daughter, a funeral and such is extremely important," said Lewelleyn.

At least one of Wolfe's accused killers says he's trying not to think about disappointing his own family. The two Jasonville suspects are both married with children.

"To have a child taken like that in that manner in the blink of an eye, I have no idea what that would feel like," said Lewellyn. "They were struggling already before this happened."

Buskirk and Crosley go to court Friday morning to formerly hear their charges.

The following are links to the probable cause affidavits against Jordan Buskirk and Randal Crosley. These documents contain graphic descriptions of their alleged crimes and may be disturbing to some readers.

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