MEDFORD, Ore. — Investigators are still going through dozens of evidence pieces in a missing Ruch woman’s case. The slow pace of the investigation is frustrating community members.
Stephanie Warner disappeared July 4th. Investigators have named her boyfriend, Lennie Ames, the person of interest. Several agencies are helping to review evidence found at Warner’s home and Ames’ campsite.
Oregon State Police is currently looking over several forensic items. The Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force is reviewing Ames’ electronic devices. There is no timeline of when all of those evidence pieces will be reviewed completely.
On Thursday, a good friend of Warner spoke to NewsWatch 12 about the investigation. She did not want to show her face on camera. She said after her friend’s disappearance, Ames has thrown parties at Warner’s home and trashed the place. The friend says she saw Ames’ interview with us and does not believe he is mourning or searching for Warner.
“I think honestly Lennie is responsible for it and I don’t think that she’s with us anymore. Honestly, because if she was she would have found a way out by now,” she told NewsWatch12.
The sheriff’s office has known Ames’ location for a while. He is currently in the northern part of Oregon and has been cooperative with investigators. Detectives are also in touch with Warner’s family members, talking to them daily about the case.