Authorities made a dark discovery in the isolated region of Oregon over the weekend: the bodies of a 3-year-old boy and his mother, missing for a month and who, according to the authorities, have been murdered.
The disappearance of Billy Fretwell and 25-year-old Karissa Fretwell of Salem, Oregon resulted in kidnapping and murder charges against a married man who had been ordered to pay support to the woman after a test paternity having determined that he was the father of the boy according to reports.
Michael John Wolfe, 52, of Gaston, Oregon, has been imprisoned since his arrest between May 24 and 11, after Fretwell and Billy's last visit.
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The bodies were found Saturday after a two-hour search in a rural area of Yamhill County, Fox County, Oregon, 12.
The coroner's office said Sunday that a shot in the head had killed Fretwell, but the cause of Billy's death was waiting for further tests, the channel reported.
"I knew that," Fretwell's best friend Bethany Brown said. "People do not stay away from their phones for a month."
A family member reported that Fretwell and Billy had disappeared on May 17, the Oregonian reported on Sunday. The person told the police that the television in their apartment was on, but that she was not there and the door was open.
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The court records show that Fretwell filed a lawsuit for paternity against Wolfe last year. A DNA test confirmed that Billy was his son, reported the Associated Press.
Fretwell then sued Wofle for support, which led to a hearing on April 15th.
Wolfe said in interviews with the police that the hearing "was not successful" because he was sentenced to pay $ 900 Fretwell a month for Billy's care, the Oregonian newspaper reported. two weeks.
He told his interviewers that he had never seen Fretwell again after the hearing, according to the article which also revealed that Wolfe had raised suspicions after the video surveillance He was shown walking near a row of trees and then disappearing for five hours during a day at a steel mill where he worked on May 14th.
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In her Facebook profile, Fretwell, a student at Western Oregon University, wrote, "My son is my world … A future graduate of WOU, BIG DREAMER!"