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Police: Burned Skeletal Remains Of Missing Man Found

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Authorities near Indianapolis believe they have found the skeletal remains of a missing Kentucky man.

Boone County Sheriff's Deputies say 73-year-old Walter Sartory went missing from his Hebron home more than two-weeks ago.

"It's likely he was killed before anyone even knew he was gone," said sheriff's deputies.

On Saturday, Willa Blanc, 47, was charged with kidnapping Sartory, stealing more than $200,000 from him and trying to take more than $1 million from his investment account. Blanc and her son, Louis Wilkinson, 27, both of Union, are also charged with abusing a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

At this time Boone County deputies say they won't file murder charges until they are sure the remains are Sartory's. And, if they are, they also must determine how and where he died.

Investigators say Willa Blanc got to know Walter Sartory well enough through her cleaning business to take advantage of him financially.

Sartory, who suffered from mental illness, was described as a "reclusive millionaire" who lived in a modest home, was first reported missing Feb. 26.

According to neighbors, he lived alone and kept to himself, but often talked to a friend in Virginia who called deputies after not being able to reach Sartory.

The mother and son are awaiting extradition to Kentucky, and investigators say more charges could be filed. And are looking into the possibility these two could be behind similar crimes.


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