Moultrie Man Named Suspect in Oregon Murder Case

Lennie Ames
Posted at 10:47 PM, Jul 09, 2015

MOULTRIE, GA (WTXL) - An Oregon missing person case has made its way to Moultrie. Stephanie Anne Warner of Ruch, Oregon has been missing since 2013 and the investigation is still ongoing. 

Detectives say her boyfriend at the time, Lennie Ames, is the suspect.

According to the Jackson County's Sheriff's Office in Oregon, Ames was the last person to see Warner at a Fourth of July Parade in 2013. She was reported missing a few days later after deputies found her home and animals abandoned. 

Over the next two years detectives said that information gathered from physical evidence and Ames' inconsistent testimonies has led them to believe that Ames killed Warner. 

Ames originally told detectives that Warner dropped him off at a country store on July 4th. The next day he returned the her house and used her car, but he said she wasn't home. Afterwards, Ames told detectives that he returned to his camp site where he stayed for several days and did not report her missing.

Detective Eric Henderson of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office believes Ames is not telling all he knows. "We're asking him for his help in locating Stephanie. We're going to continue to look for even if he doesn't tell us where she's at. The bottom line is, we don't need to find her in this case to make an arrest," said Detective Henderson