Search Warrant Details in Discovery of Burned Remains in Ozark County

Document lists meat grinder, lye and bone fragments found

THEODOSIA, Mo.-- Court documents made public Thursday in Ozark County, Missouri, give new details on the investigation into human remains found near a home where a teenager went missing in late July.

According to a search warrant application filed by Ozark County Prosecutor John Garrabrant, it was a "…lye, that may be used to break down human tissue and/or accelerate the cremation of a human body" that led to the search of Rebecca Rudd's home in Theodosia, Missouri on August 9th.

Rebecca Ruud's daughter, Savannah Leckie, 16, went missing from Ruud's farm in late July.

It was during the investigation of her disappearance when Ozark County deputies first saw the decomposing agent.

After a search warrant's approval, deputies made their way onto Ruud's property, finding boxes worth of bone fragments, a meat grinder and 26 bottles of lye.  Also found near the burn pile were several cigarette butts.

"We're dealing with someone who's tried to dispose of evidence," Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed said Wednesday. "We're not getting any cooperation from the people that live here."


Along with the burned remains found on Ruud's property the returned search warrant says deputies found 20 "boxes" of bone fragments on the farm.

While there is no evidence to prove who the burned remains found on Ruud's property belongs to, the Ozark County Sheriff's Department confirms evidence is being taken to a state crime lab this afternoon.

In an affidavit filed by Ozark County Deputy Curtis Dobbs, Ruud has admitted to punishing her daughter by forcing her to crawl through an open hog pen, bathe in a pond on the property. She also admitted to rubbing salt and alcohol into a "suicidal" cut on Leckie's arm.

The affidavit also states Ruud gave Savannah up for adoption when she was born and that she was adopted by a family in Minnesota.  The documents say the adoptive mother contacted Ruud in November 2016 and Ruud agreed to take Savannah back.    Read all of the search warrant documents below.

No charges have been filed yet in this case according to the Ozark County Prosecutor's office.

 



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