Oklahoma Couple Accused of Digging Up Dead Girl

Tuesday, July 7th 2009, 10:54 pm
By: News On 6

By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9 for The News On 6

HAVRE, Montana -- An Oklahoma couple has been arrested after being accused of burying their 11-year-old daughter, digging her up and moving her at least a half dozen times.

Eleven-year-old Cheyenne Wolf died at a home near Durant in April 2008.  Investigators said her father and step-mother, Abel and Denise Wolf stored the body in a shed.  According to court documents, Cheyenne was put "into a sleeping bag and then into a large plastic tub."

But, once the smell was too much, they buried the body in the front yard.

Four months later, Abel moved to northern Montana. Agents said he took Cheyenne with him and stored her body in a garage until January. Fearing word would get out, the body was moved to an old chicken house in Oregon where Denise was living at the time.

Shortly after the body was moved again to a storage facility.

"Milton-Freewater, Oregon Police served a search warrant and found remains there last week," said Jessica Brown, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Brown said Denise and Abel are being help on charges of unlawfully moving a dead body. They're both being held without bond in a Montana detention center.

Investigators are now trying to determine how Cheyenne Wolf died.

According to affidavits, a family member told investigators one of Cheyenne's sisters may have beat her to death. Agents said it was another family member who called police last month because she was concerned she had not seen or heard from the Cheyenne for some time.

The Medical Examiner's office in Portland, Oregon will perform the autopsy on the body to determine the exact cause of death.

Investigators are working to begin the extradition process of getting the Wolfs back to Oklahoma.