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Offense(s) | Person 1 | Person 2 | Person 3 | Person 4 | Evidence/Property | Reporting Officer's Narrative | Defendant's Remarks


INCIDENT / ARREST REPORT

Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department
711 Jackson Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655

_X_ INCIDENT
___ Juvenile
___ Senior Citizen
___ Gang

___ ARREST
___ Child Abuse
___ Domestic
___ Involved Alcohol

CASE NUMBER:
003531-28L-2011

Date Reported:
12/28/2011

Time Reported:
10:28 AM

OFFENSE:
TBD

STATUTE:
TBD

___ Committed
___ Attempted

OFFENSE:
 

STATUTE:
 

___ Committed
___ Attempted

OFFENSE:
 

STATUTE:
 

___ Committed
___ Attempted

Location of Offense (Exact address, include Room/Apt. No.)
Rowan Oak
Old Taylor Road, Oxford, Mississippi

Date of Offense:
December 28, 2011

Time of Offense:
N/A

Location of Arrest (Exact address, include Room/Apt. No.)
N/A

Date of Arrest:
N/A

Time of Arrest:
N/A

Reporting Officer:
Det. Sam Murphy

Unit Number:
633

Assisting Officer:
Det. Ted Armstrong

Unit Number:
615

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PERSON 1

Type:
Victim

Category:
Adult

Foul Play Suspected
Yes

Name:
Rolf Warner (tentative identification)

Alias/Street Name/Nickname
Unknown

Vic/Offender Relationship
Unknown

Race
Caucasian

Height
5' 10"

Weight
180

Hair
Brown

Eyes
Blue

Sex
M

Shoes
Black

Jacket/Coat
Black

Shirt
White t-shirt

Pants
Black denim jeans

Skirt/Dress
N/A

Age
37

DOB
July 11, 1974

Social Security #
XXX-XX-XXXX

Scars/Marks/Tattoos
None visible

Injury Extent
Fatal

Injury Description
Sharp force wound to head

Address
Unknown

Res Phone Unknown
Bus Phone Unknown

Occupation
Unknown

Employer/School
Unknown

Employer Address
Unknown

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PERSON 2
Type:
Witness
Category:
Adult
Foul Play Suspected
N/A
Name:
Ben Moreland
Alias/Street Name/Nickname
None
Vic/Offender Relationship
N/A
Race
Caucasian
Height
5' 10"
Weight
180 lbs.
Hair
Brown
Eyes
Blue
Sex
M
Shoes
Brown work boots
Jacket/Coat
Navy blue

Shirt
White long-sleeved knit shirt

Pants
Navy blue coveralls
Skirt/Dress
N/A
Age
28
DOB
November 8, 1983
Social Security #
XXX-XX-XXXX
Scars/Marks/Tattoos
None visible
Injury Extent
None
Injury Description
N/A
Address
603 Tyler Avenue, Oxford, Mississippi
Res Phone 236-XXXX
Bus Phone 915-XXXX
Occupation
Groundskeeper
Employer/School
University of Mississippi

Employer Address
University Avenue, University, Mississippi

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PERSON 3
Type:
Witness
Category:
Adult
Foul Play Suspected
N/A
Name:
Steve Potter
Alias/Street Name/Nickname
None
Vic/Offender Relationship
N/A
Race
Caucasian
Height
6' 0"
Weight
180 lbs.
Hair
Brown
Eyes
Brown
Sex
M
Shoes
Brown work boots
Jacket/Coat
Navy blue

Shirt
White long-sleeved knit shirt

Pants
Navy blue coveralls
Skirt/Dress
N/A
Age
28
DOB
January 23, 1983
Social Security #
XXX-XX-XXXX
Scars/Marks/Tattoos
None visible
Injury Extent
None
Injury Description
N/A
Address
1756 Jefferson Avenue, Oxford, Mississippi
Res Phone 232-XXXX
Bus Phone 915-XXXX
Occupation
Groundskeeper
Employer/School
University of Mississippi

Employer Address
University Avenue, University, Mississippi

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PERSON 4
Type:
Witness
Category:
Adult
Foul Play Suspected
N/A
Name:
Pilar Adams
Alias/Street Name/Nickname
None
Vic/Offender Relationship
N/A
Race
Caucasian
Height
5' 2"
Weight
110 lbs.
Hair
Brown
Eyes
Brown
Sex
F
Shoes
Black work boots
Jacket/Coat
Navy blue

Shirt
White long-sleeved turtleneck shirt

Pants
Navy blue coveralls
Skirt/Dress
N/A
Age
26
DOB
May 15, 1985
Social Security #
XXX-XX-XXXX
Scars/Marks/Tattoos
None visible
Injury Extent
None
Injury Description
N/A
Address
119 Chestnut, Oxford, Mississippi
Res Phone 234-XXXX
Bus Phone 915-XXXX
Occupation
Groundskeeper
Employer/School
University of Mississippi

Employer Address
University Avenue, University, Mississippi

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ITEMS OF EVIDENCE/PROPERTY RECOVERED

(1)

Type
___ Damaged
___ Lost
___ Recovered
___ Stolen
___ Taken into Evidence

Item Description
 see attached inventory

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REPORTING OFFICER'S NARRATIVE (Brief narrative of the facts surrounding the offense and the arrest.)

At 10:06 a.m., Dispatch received a 911 call regarding the discovery of a body at Rowan Oak. The caller identified herself as Sherry Chapman, Office Manager at the University of Mississippi Physical Plant. Caller reported that Physical Plant staff members had found a body on the grounds of Rowan Oak and requested that she notify authorities.

Unit #224 (Officer Steve Harding) was immediately dispatched to the scene. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy were assigned and proceeded directly to the scene. Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson was notified at R/Is' request to respond to scene. Reporting Officer (R/O) Steve Harding arrived at the scene at 10:13 a.m. At R/O's request, Unit #216 (Officer Kennon Winters) was dispatched to the scene to provide backup and assistance and arrived at 10:20 a.m.

Reporting Investigators (R/I) arrived at the scene at 10:28 a.m. and found R/Os Harding and Winters had secured the area. Environmental conditions at scene upon arrival are as follows: Weather: clear/dry; Ambient temperature: 45º F / 7º C; Relative Humidity: 61%.

R/O Harding made the following verbal report, which is stated in summary and not verbatim, upon R/Is arrival. R/O Harding said he was met at the scene by an adult male, who identified himself as Ben Moreland. The witness Moreland escorted R/O Harding to the location of the body, where R/O Harding observed a second adult male witness, who identified himself as Steve Potter. R/O Harding confirmed the presence of the body and reported same to Dispatch. R/Os Harding and Winters then secured the scene and detained witnesses at the scene including Moreland, Potter, and an adult female, who arrived on the scene shortly after R/Os and identified herself as Pilar Adams. R/O Harding further stated that, to the best of his knowledge, the following personnel have had occasion to enter the crime scene area and must be excluded by CSU personnel: R/O Winters, witnesses Ben Moreland and Steve Potter, and himself. R/O Harding said that witness Pilar Adams was not permitted to enter the crime scene area.

After receiving the report from R/O Harding, R/I Murphy contacted Dispatch regarding the status of the Coroner's Inspector and the Crime Scene Unit. Dispatch indicated the Inspector's ETA was approximately 10 minutes and CSU's ETA was approximately 12 minutes.

R/Is then proceeded to the location of the body. R/Is observed a lifeless human body, apparently a male in his late thirties, lying on the ground partially supported by a tree, approximately 50 feet southwest from the Rowan Oak museum building. Visual inspection indicated the victim was wearing a black medium to heavy weight coat, a white cotton t-shirt, black denim jeans, and black shoes. The body lay face up with the left arm alongside he body. The right arm was extended to the side at an approximate 45º angle to the body. The head of the body faced in an northeasterly direction and the feet in a southwesterly direction. A passport recovered from the pocket of the victim's coat tentatively identified him as Rolf Warner, a German citizen.

The body displayed signs of trauma to the head. No other injuries were immediately apparent. Pending official analysis by the coroner's office, initial observation indicated the deceased was apparently the victim of a single, penetrating blow to the head. R/Is also observed a digital camera and a pickaxe with reddish-brown stains in the immediate vicinity of the body. R/Is also noted possible bloodstains on the ground within a 10-foot radius of the body. interviewed the witness Ben  Moreland at the scene. A transcript of Moreland's interview is attached to this report. Additional interviews with other witnesses are being scheduled.

Before leaving, R/I Murphy instructed CSU to seal the scene upon completion or end of day suspension of processing. CSU to notify R/Is of progress by the end of this date. As of this filing, CSU is still actively processing at the scene.

Body of the deceased remanded into the custody of Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson. Deceased was removed from scene at 11:21 a.m. and transported to the Coroner's Office for autopsy. A preliminary autopsy report is expected within fourteen days of this report.

Evidence remanded into the custody of Forensics officer T. R. Douglas for transport to the state crime lab for routine analysis. CSU is expected to submit an inventory of items taken into evidence within fourteen days of this report, with detailed report(s) of their findings to follow at a later date.

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DEFENDANT'S VERSION/REMARKS (What did the defendant say about the offense or his/her whereabouts at the time of offense?)

N/A

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REPORTING OFFICER

Sam Murphy

DATE REPORTED

12-28-2011

REPORTING OFFICER

//Sam Murphy
Signature

633
Unit Number

12-28-2011
Date

ASSISTING OFFICER

//Ted Armstrong
Signature

615
Unit Number

12-28-2011
Date

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