Woman's body in Clay County identified

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Stephanie Roark's body was wrapped in a sleeping bag and buried under her trailer where her and her husband, Walter Roark, lived for 23 years.

Walter Roark claims she overdosed and he disposed of her body because he was scared but tells police he did not kill her.

After she was reported missing more than a month ago, the body of Stephanie Roark was found last night.

Her body was buried in a shallow grave under her and her husband's trailer in Sandhill.

Her husband Walter Roark was brought in for questioning about her missing person's case Wednesday afternoon.

"After interviewing him, Mr. Roark told myself and other deputies where the body was located at," said Kevin Johnson, Clay County Sheriff.

However, Walter says he did not kill his wife.

"The statement that he made to deputies was that she had actually passed away on what he believed to be a drug overdose, and that's why he did what he did, as far as burying her underneath the trailer," said Sheriff Johnson.

One of his sons does not think he killed his mother either.

"I never think daddy would do something like that. I still don't," said Andrew Roark, 13-year-old son of Stephanie and Walter Roark.

Police officials obtained a search warrant to search this trailer where they found a firearm and a rock inside. However, neither item has been connected to the murder yet.

Police officials say neighbors told them they saw Walter cleaning a large rock with a toothbrush.

Some family members are still sticking by Walter's side.

"He just put the body away scared," said Andrew Roark.

Walter Roark is lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.

Police officials say Stephanie was reported missing by her family members, not her husband.

Walter Roark is set to appear in district court for video arraignment on Monday.

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