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Incident report

The body of an adult male was found on the grounds of Rowan Oak.

Rolf Warner bio

A man believed to be Rolf Warner was found dead on the grounds of Rowan Oak.

Ben Moreland interview

The detectives asked Ben about his discovery of the body at Rowan Oak. 

Ben Moreland bio

Ben Moreland is a musician who also works as a groundskeeper to pay the bills.

Pilar Adams bio

Pilar works as a groundskeeper at Rowan Oak and occasionally takes classes at the university.

Rowan Oak canvass

Investigators spoke to the groundskeepers and other employees connected to Rowan Oak at the scene.

Joe Swift bio

Joe became a Rowan Oak groundskeeper and a father the same year.

Steve Potter bio

Steve blundered through life until a friendly corrections officer helped him find a better path.

Body found at Rowan Oak

The Crime Beat reports: Body discovered on the grounds of William Faulkner home

Rebel Inn canvass

Investigators spoke to motel employees about the victim and his two traveling companions.

Gus Heller bio

Gus Heller and the victim were lifelong friends and recently went into business together.

Gus Heller interview

The detectives talked to Gus about why he and Rolf came to town.

Lita Harrison bio

Lita does whatever is required to take care of herself and her family.

Lita Harrison interview

The detectives asked Lita about her business and personal relationships with Rolf and Gus.

Evidence inventory

CSU provided a preliminary inventory of evidence collected from the Rowan Oak crime scene. 

Pickaxe detail

CSU provided additional information about the possible murder weapon.

Ben Moreland criminal history

YCSD investigators ran a routine criminal background check on Ben Moreland.

Pilar Adams criminal history

YCSD investigators ran a routine criminal background check on Pilar Adams.

Steve Potter criminal history

YCSD investigators ran a routine criminal background check on Steve Potter. 

Joe Swift criminal history

YCSD investigators ran a routine criminal background check on Joe Swift.

Julie Finch interview

The detectives spoke with a Rowan Oak tour guide.

Linus Broadwell criminal history

YCSD investigators ran a routine criminal background check on Linus Broadwell.

Linus Broadwell bio

Linus is a native Mississippian with a passion for Southern culture and the finer things

Linus Broadwell interview

The detectives asked Linus to come in for some follow-up questions.

Gus Heller alibi check

YCSD investigators canvassed the route between Rowan Oak and the Rebel Inn.

JP Wallace interview

The detectives spoke to the man who reportedly was with Lita when Rolf was killed.

Preliminary Coroner's Report

The coroner's office provided a preliminary report on the autopsy of Rolf Warner. Additional analyses are ongoing.

Fingerprint analysis

The crime lab sent over preliminary findings on fingerprints lifted from the Warner crime scene.

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