A Boonville woman has been identified in the homicide investigation spurred after remains were found near Elberfeld.

The Warrick County Sheriff's Office has identified the human remains found Seven Hills and Wasson roads as Valarie Anne Ruark, 32, of Boonville. The sheriff’s office released the identity of the individual on Tuesday after announcing on Monday that they are treating the investigation as a homicide investigation.

On Monday, the office stated in a press release that the remains that were found near the intersection of Seven Hills and Wasson roads had been preliminary identified, but the office would not release the name before receiving confirmatory results on the identity. The release states that the body was badly burned and the investigation is being treated as a homicide investigation.

An investigation into the remains began on Friday afternoon.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, a report of human remains being found was made just before 3 p.m. on Friday. The release states that deputies responded to the scene and found the reported remains.

On Sunday, a press release stated that investigators were seeking assistance from the public to identify the remains of a Caucasian female with a tattoo of an orange frog on her right foot with a symbol that may signify "mom" or "mother."

The Indiana State Police is assisting in the investigation and an autopsy with the Warrick County Coroner’s Office is pending, according to the release. The release states that the autopsy was scheduled for Sunday afternoon, but no more information will be released until the autopsy report is released.

The office thanked the public for tips, which helped lead to the identification of the body. Anyone with information is asked to call the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office at 812-897-6180 or 800-223-6374.

There was no further information that would be released as of press time.

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