Douglas County slaying victim identified

Photo: William Wolfe Jr.

Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase has identified the victim of a suspected homicide Saturday in the Brushyknob area.

During a Monday news conference, Degase identified the deceased man as 84-year-old Clarence “Bob” Clark, according to reports. The sheriff says his office was called around noon Saturday for a welfare check. Deputies found Clark dead and suspected foul play was involved.

As Degase arrived on scene, he says his vehicle was “run into the ditch” by 54-year-old William Wolfe, who was later arrested after a manhunt. The sheriff says he was involved in a pursuit with a vehicle driven by Wolfe, who eluded authorities due to dust from gravel roads in the area.

Later Saturday night, Ozark County authorities were involved in a pursuit with Wolfe. Degase says in the early morning hours, he received a report that the vehicle Wolfe had been driving was located. The sheriff says he responded to the property and found Wolf “hiding in a hole, with a camo poncho covering him.”

The sheriff says Wolfe began fighting with him and the property owner, but Degase was able to apprehend the suspect.

Investigators are still establishing the connection between Wolfe and Clark and the circumstances involving the slaying. Degase says an autopsy is planned for Tuesday morning to determine the cause and manner of death.

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