Updated: Third arrest made in connection with Katelyn Wolfe murder case: Tamera Crosley in custody Friday evening

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Update: Tamera D. Crosley, 19, remains in the Greene County Jail as of Saturday afternoon - she was booked in late Friday night. Her bond is set at $9,000 surety with ten percent cash allowed.

Tamera D. Crosley, wife of accused murderer Randal Crosley, was taken into custody Friday evening after warrants were issued for her arrest late Friday afternoon in two separate cases.

Crosley is accused of not telling the truth and attempting to mislead officers investigating the death of Katelyn Wolfe last June.

In another case, Crosley is accused of an attempted plot to steal items and return them to get cash to put in Randal Crosley's account at the jail. The plot unraveled when an off-duty officer witnessed the theft and offered to pay for the items being stolen, allegedly for a baby.

Crosley was arrested in the Worthington area by Linton Police Det. Sgt. Josh Goodman around 8:30 p.m. Friday. Goodman was assisted in the arrest by Linton Police Reserve Officer Jason Wilson.

In the first case, the preliminary charges filed against Crosley include obstruction of justice, a class D felony, and two counts of false informing, both class B misdemeanors.

In the second case, the preliminary charge filed against Crosley is conspiracy to commit theft, a class D felony.

Both cases were filed late Friday afternoon in Greene Superior Court. The charges in both were approved by the court and Superior Court Judge Dena Martin issued two warrants for Crosley's arrest.

Crosley's husband, Randal E. Crosley, 25, of Jasonville, was one of two men charged with the murder of Katelyn Wolfe in June 2013. His case is set to go to trial by jury in May.

The other man charged with Wolfe's murder, Jordan Buskirk, 26, also from Jasonville, has admitted guilt, signed a negotiated plea agreement and agreed to testify truthfully against Randal Crosley during Randal Crosley's trial. Buskirk will be sentenced sometime after the trial.

Katelyn Wolfe was reported missing late in the evening on Thursday, June 6.

During the early morning hours of Friday, June 7, officers went to the home of Randal and Tamera Crosley, then LPD Officer Paul Clark and Det. Sgt. Josh Goodman conducted a interview with Randal Crosley at the Linton Police Department. According to new information released when charges were filed against Tamera Crosley, Randal Crosley admitted during the interview that he had recently sold six Valium (diazepam) pills to Wolfe and that he had additional pills that he had planned to sell to her later. He said the additional pills were at his residence.

On the same day, Det. Sgt. Goodman also conducted an interview with Tamera Crosley at the Linton Police Department. During this interview, she allegedly admitted that while officers were at her residence earlier that morning, she had flushed the pills, and she threw the plastic bag they were in into the trash. She said she disposed of the pills because she had a child and didn't want to get in trouble, and she said she did not know that her husband was involved in drugs.

In a probable cause affidavit, Det. Sgt. Goodman states, "As part of the ongoing investigation, officers learned from information obtained from phone records, phone data and interviews, that Tamera was previously aware of, and involved in, illegal drug activity."

On June 10, Wolfe's body was located and Randal Crosley was a primary suspect. Tamera Crosley was interviewed again later that evening at the Jasonville Police Department by JPD Officer Ryan Van Horn and ISP Detective Paul Suding. At the time this interview was conducted, the details regarding the condition of Wolfe's body had not been disclosed to anyone outside law enforcement, including the fact that Wolfe's hands were handcuffed behind her back.

During Tamera Crosley's interview, she was asked if there was anything unique about her sexual relationship with Randal Crosley and she advised it was normal and that they did not get into "freaky things." She allegedly said they had never used bondage, handcuffs or toys.

Later that week, more details about the case were released in probable cause affidavits filed in Buskirk and Crosley's cases, including details about Wolfe's body and the fact that Buskirk and Crosley had purchased handcuffs and other items at a Terre Haute store.

Then when Tamera Crosley was interviewed again after this information had become known, on June 24, Tamera Crosley allegedly said the items that the two men purchased were things she wanted, advising that she was into weird things and that she'd been begging her husband for a week (before Wolfe's murder) that she wanted to go get those items. According to the affidavit, Tamera Crosley went into details and talked about the handcuffs.

Crosley was asked if she would be willing to take a polygraph examination and she refused. Several weeks later, she was asked again and she agreed, an appointment was made but she failed to follow through with the exam.

Goodman alleges in the probable cause that Crosley gave completely different statements in the interviews on June 10 (before details were released) and June 24 (after details were released).

Goodman stated, "I believe the statement given to law enforcement on June 24 was a dishonest statement intended to mislead law enforcement and to attempt to cover for husband Randal Crosley's involvement in the murder of Katelyn Wolfe." He added that he believed she made an attempt to provide an explanation for Crosley as to why he and Buskirk purchased the handcuffs and other items prior to Wolfe's murder.

In the second case filed against Tamera Crosley for alleged conspiracy to commit theft, Crosley is accused of being involved in an attempted theft of items from the Wal-Mart store in Linton.

Goodman was called to the store on Dec. 7 because another officer was requesting assistance.

When Goodman arrived at the front service desk, Greene County Sheriff's Detective James O'Malley was waiting with suspects.

O'Malley said he was in the store off-duty on personal business when he saw someone, a 14-year-old juvenile, concealing items on their person so he approached and identified himself as a law enforcement officer.

O'Malley said the suspect told him he was taking the items for a sibling's baby and he told the officer about their financial situation.

Det. O'Malley decided to take the young suspect to a checkout where the officer paid for the items the suspect was attempting to steal, and he also gave the suspect $20 in cash. He did, however, keep the receipt for the items he just purchased to prevent anyone from attempting to return them for cash.

The suspect left the store. A short time later, O'Malley went to the service desk and saw a male subject attempting to return the items O'Malley had just purchased. The man did not have a receipt. Upon questioning, the man said another person had asked him to return the items for cash. O'Malley then found the 14-year-old suspect sitting in a car in the parking lot with their sibling who turned out to be Tamera D. Crosley.

When the man was questioned further, he advised Tamera Crosley had asked him to go with her to Wal-Mart to return some items. He said the plan was to return the items for cash then go to the Greene County Jail to put the money on Randal Crosley's account.

Tamera Crosley drove the 14-year-old suspect and the man to Wal-Mart then while Crosley and the man waited in the car, she sent the 14-year-old in with Crosley's food stamp card to buy some drinks. The man said he did not know the 14-year-old went in to steal baby items.

When the 14-year-old was interviewed, he allegedly said Crosley had asked him to go to the store with her to steal baby items. He said they picked the man up on the way and did not discuss their plan with him. The suspect said O'Malley caught him before he made it out. He also said he thought Crosley needed the baby items for her child and did not know she planned on returning the items in order to get cash to put on Randal Crosley's books at the jail.

Det. Sgt. Goodman wrote in the probable cause affidavit that he believed Crosley had an agreement with the 14-year-old to commit theft and if Det. O'Malley had not intervened, the two would have completed their plan to steal the baby items.

The warrants issued for Tamera Crosley's arrest specified that her bond in both cases will be set according to the standard bond schedule.

Following her arrest, Crosley was transported to the Greene County Jail where she was interviewed by Goodman prior to being booked in.

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  • Well we all knew she was fishy from get go and this well proves it!

    -- Posted by ihatespys on Fri, Jan 10, 2014, at 9:43 PM
  • Couldn't agree more, she knew way more then she let on. Thank goodness she was caught, that is just wrong to do!

    -- Posted by Mom of 2 2012 on Fri, Jan 10, 2014, at 10:23 PM
  • I always thought she knew more than she was saying. The fact that she used her 14 year old sister to steal items to be able to put money on his account shows me that she would do anything. That is beyond low.

    -- Posted by lintonite on Sat, Jan 11, 2014, at 8:29 AM
  • I just had a huge feeling that she was involved from the beginning and I think now she should be made to take a polygraph exam. I think she is hiding more information. I hope it all comes out soon.

    -- Posted by myteamcolts on Sat, Jan 11, 2014, at 8:58 AM
  • Charge her with murder to she knew about it sge deserves to rot in jail like her dead beat husband

    -- Posted by armydude2002 on Sat, Jan 11, 2014, at 9:14 AM
  • It's about time!! This girl is obviously not very smart. It's sad she is so young and the poor decisions she has made are going to affect her for the rest of her life.

    -- Posted by AwesomeOne85 on Sat, Jan 11, 2014, at 9:38 AM
  • I knew something was fishy from the beginning. It was kind of funny how she saw a shoe floating on top of the water of the EXACT lake that Katelyns body was later discovered in. Thank goodness her child is young enough that hopefully she will never have to remember this tragedy that her parents were part of.

    -- Posted by concernedfamily08 on Sat, Jan 11, 2014, at 10:57 AM
  • I'm sure the only one that is surprised at this arrest is the girl herself. Way to go LPD & credit to Goodman for following his instincts & sticking with it until he could get enough on her for an arrest.

    -- Posted by WitchWayYouSay on Sat, Jan 11, 2014, at 3:18 PM
  • "theobvious" (& others), let's not start slinging mud or accusing anyone of taking advantage of media attention. Mr. Goodman has had his name in the paper since the unfortunate fate of Ms.Wolfe as anyone. I respect Mr. Goodman, but unfortunately his candidacy coincides with the most media coverage he has even gotten, someone who is looking to generate gossip could easily use that against him.

    -- Posted by Try-Common-Sense on Sat, Jan 11, 2014, at 7:58 PM
  • When she led the police to the lake Kate was found in, tipped me off. I'm glad she is in jail for something. I hope someone in the family can take the baby and give him the love and care he deserves. Poor baby have to grow up with those 2 being your parents.

    -- Posted by Huckfinns_Gurl on Sat, Jan 11, 2014, at 10:51 PM
  • Another life in Greene County worth less than $1000. It sounds like she knew what was happening from the start. Hopefully she has more charges to come.

    -- Posted by LoudMouthedHillbilly on Sun, Jan 12, 2014, at 4:04 AM
  • Pretty bad she sent a young kid in to do her dirty work how said...I don't approve of stealing that's why we end up paying higher prices for everything...she should be put her own but on line to take em back instead some kid how sad

    -- Posted by dad on Sun, Jan 12, 2014, at 6:51 AM
  • I felt like she knew way too much as well. Thanks to the officer for just being a good person. He.could have just arrested the 14 yr old but instead bought the items and gave them money....if more people had his compassion maybe the world would be a better place.

    -- Posted by College34 on Sun, Jan 12, 2014, at 8:33 AM
  • I agree about the officer College34, was very thoughtful of him to pay for those items and smart to keep the receipt just sad that it turns out after he paid for the items they tried to return them, what a slap in his good Samaritan face, but regardless was good of him.

    As far as Tamera Crosley goes, I thought it strange like so many others that she knew exactly where to find Katelyn Wolfe's body, I know she claimed that is a lake where her husband frequented often, she must have had some idea of what they were planning on doing in the first place for her to go looking, just an odd thing to do imo.

    -- Posted by sassy12 on Sun, Jan 12, 2014, at 10:03 AM
  • I hope beyond hope that she only got her information after the fact, and she didn't know beforehand. If she did and could have prevented it, I think she should be charged with murder.

    -- Posted by lintonite on Sun, Jan 12, 2014, at 11:12 AM
  • I hope so too lintonite, but my suspicion is that she might have heard them talking about it before hand, just an assumption though but if she did know like you said it could have been prevented. She could have gone to the police with the info. of their plans to abduct and rape a vulnerable lady. Not saying she did know and with out the guys involved saying she did know, not sure how they could prove otherwise.

    One thing is disturbing is that she refused the polygraph test early on, why? Usually a innocent person has nothing to hide, because she sure went to the trouble of going to the lake and finding that shoe and then lead police there where they found Katelyn's body.

    And flushing the pills to either cover her drug use and the story of why she flushed them for fear of being caught for selling the pills or she did it to cover for her murdering husband which again leads me to believe she knew a lot more than she has said.

    And any person who knows their husband killed a woman I would think wouldn't want any more to do with him and yet she steals in order to put money in his jail account, something wrong with her for sure!

    All assumption on my part though as with everyone else but the truth will come out.

    I guess the answer is under the light stand...jk

    -- Posted by sassy12 on Sun, Jan 12, 2014, at 1:57 PM
  • I sympathize with this young lady. Yes, she shouldn't have stolen and yes, she shouldn't have withheld information but I believe she was probably just afraid for her family to fall apart and afraid for her daughter to lose her father. It's my understanding thay she still doesn't believe her husband did what he did, thus proving she is just a confused, hurt, little girl. She is in NO WAY a murderer and i think that if she knew what those boys were planning, she wouldn't have let it happen but she most likely did not know anything. This whole situation has broken her world apart and I'm sure she has gone through so much in the past few months. What she did was wrong though. There is no justifying it and she should have somewhat of a punishment for what she did but maybe people shouldn't be so harsh. She is not the one who took poor katelyn's life. It was two sick men. They are the ones who deserve your judgement and to rot in jail.

    -- Posted by lovelybmg on Sun, Jan 12, 2014, at 7:27 PM
  • I.say change her with murder to and fry.her along with the.other 2

    -- Posted by armydude2002 on Sun, Jan 12, 2014, at 9:31 PM
  • Her and her daughter are victims in this situation as well. She DID NOT murder anybody. Maybe she is not completely innocent either but clearly she is a just a confused, young girl.

    -- Posted by lovelybmg on Mon, Jan 13, 2014, at 2:33 AM
  • lovelybmg, Confused people don't send other people to do their dirty work, flush pills down the toilet and lie. They are too busy being confused.

    -- Posted by lintonite on Mon, Jan 13, 2014, at 7:46 AM
  • Newsflash Tamera is NOT a victim. Her daughter is a victim but not her. "Victims" don't lie and steal to get away with things. "Victims" don't defend murders, and "Victims" don't try to place the blame for their own actions on someone else. She is the complete opposite of a victim.

    -- Posted by AwesomeOne85 on Mon, Jan 13, 2014, at 8:42 AM
  • I agree awsomeone85 she led the cops to the body she's just to lie her way out of trouble she should not have her kid.if she's using her kid as a excuse to steal if she can't afford.to support her kid she needs to give it up or stop lying for her husband the.murder

    -- Posted by armydude2002 on Mon, Jan 13, 2014, at 9:56 AM
  • It literally makes me sick that she is now playing the martyr, and getting people to feel sorry for her, with her lies. I personally know her to be a liar. She's obviously manipulative as well. One can only hope she doesn't get away with her part in it simply by testifying. Her testimony obviously won't be the truth since her story is constantly changing.

    By the way, a good mother, would go out and get a job to provide for her child. Instead she spends her time partying and expects someone else to provide everything her child needs.

    -- Posted by FootballMom88 on Mon, Jan 13, 2014, at 3:05 PM
  • Let's remember her excuse for having little brother to steal for her and try to return the items, it was not for the sake of her child needing anything but because she wanted to put money in her murdering husbands jail account. Why she would even have anything to do with him after all he has done is beyond my thinking and I certainly would not want my child to have anything to do with a father who murdered a young lady, planning it out for two weeks. They were going to kill someone regardless of who according to previous articles where they stated that they were planning and looking for someone to do this to, they didn't care who she was, all so they could see what it was like to overpower another and snuff them out, Human life had become meaningless to them. IMHO, they crossed a dark line of no return. Am glad they were caught because they most likely they would have done it again.

    Am so sorry for Katelyns family and friends for all they have had to go through over this, the pain must be unbearable, I pray God the Father comforts them as needed and gives them courage to come through this whole and well.

    -- Posted by sassy12 on Thu, Jan 16, 2014, at 12:28 PM
  • Goodman stated, "I believe the statement given to law enforcement on June 24 was a dishonest statement intended to mislead law enforcement and to attempt to cover for husband Randal Crosley's involvement in the murder of Katelyn Wolfe."

    Isn't it his job, as a officer of the law to present the evidence that 2 statements were made & that they did not coincide with one another? Isn't it his job, as an officer of the law, to present the evidence then let the prosecutors office decide their opinion? I thought that it was the Judges place to decide on weather the statements made were false and then decide which statements were false! jmo

    -- Posted by lillymae on Sat, Jan 18, 2014, at 2:42 PM
  • She should be charged with criminal negligence and obstruction in an ongoing investigation. If she didn't know about the murder the two men planned to commit before hand, she had some kind of information that led her to believe that a body would be found in that lake. My heart goes out to Wolfe's family. I hope justice is served.

    -- Posted by LegalChick89 on Thu, Feb 6, 2014, at 2:30 PM
  • HA you know i once kissed mr. Randal, twqice as a matter of fact...once honestly i was under the influence of marijuana and the 2nd time i was sober and i was completely grossed out by it, lol i even wrote about it in my journal!! Anyways now i see why i was grossed out..he was evil and i knew it...i was even askin about him the summer he and buskirk committed the murder...if i hhad gotten ahold of him could or would that have been me ???!! Wow...omg!!

    -- Posted by britt8831 on Thu, Jun 12, 2014, at 11:42 PM
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