Douglas County sheriff gives details on weekend homicide

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Mo.- A man wanted for questioning in a homicide was arrested Sunday.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, 54-year-old William Wolfe was arrested after the Sheriff’s Office put out a notice to the community to call officials if they see him.

During a press conference Monday, Sheriff Degase said deputies responded to a check well-being call at a home around noon Saturday in Brushyknob.

Deputies found 84-year-old Clarence “Bob” Clark dead, and suspected foul play was involved. Sheriff Degase says as he was arriving at the scene, the suspect, Wolfe, ran Degase into a ditch. Sheriff Degase then got involved in a pursuit with Wolfe but lost him due to dust from the dirt roads in the area.

Around 8 p.m. Saturday, deputies in Ozark County got into a pursuit with Wolfe. Officials searched for Wolfe during the early morning hours when Sheriff Degase got a call that the vehicle Wolfe was in was found on someone’s property. Degase says he went to that property and found Wolfe hiding in a hole with a camo poncho covering him. Degase, Wolfe, and the property owner got into a fight trying to detain Wolfe, Degase succeeded and arrested Wolfe.

Investigators are still working on how Wolfe and Clark knew each other and what led to the murder.

The sheriff says there will be an autopsy Tuesday morning to determine the cause of death.

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