Siloam Springs, Arkansas woman and baby found dead

A pregnant Arkansas woman and the 31-week-old baby she was carrying were found dead in southern Missouri, law enforcement said Thursday. Ashley Bush, 33, was 31 weeks pregnant. The baby’s name was Valkyrie Grace Willis. The bodies of Bush and his daughter were found in separate locations. The baby was found on Wednesday and Bush was found on Thursday. Bush had three children, ages 8, 7 and 2, and was engaged. Josh Willis, Bush’s fiancé, said he was devastated by the news and that he was trying to stay strong for their daughter. “It’s just a reminder that there is evil in the world,” said county attorney Nathan Smith. “People do bad things. And for someone to prey on a pregnant woman in her most vulnerable state is unimaginable, but unfortunately that’s the world we live in.” SuspectsMarried couple, Amber Waterman and Jamie Waterman, both of Jane, Missouri, were arrested on kidnapping charges. Law enforcement said it was too early to indicate a motive. Bush appears to have been killed from a gunshot wound, Benton County District Attorney Nathan Smith said. In Arkansas, someone who kills a pregnant woman is charged with two counts of murder, Smith said. It is not known where Bush or his child was killed, so homicide charges have not yet been filed. intersection of Highway 72 and Highway 43 in Maysville. A white woman in her 40s with shoulder-length brown hair was driving the truck. Bush was looking for a work from home job when she met a woman named “Lucy” online. “Lucy” picked up Bush at the Handi-Mart in Maysville to take him to a job interview in Bentonville. Law enforcement later said that “Lucy” was actually a woman named Amber Watterman. Around 3 p.m., Bush texted her saying she was in Gravette and on her way back to Handi-Mart so she could be picked up. and left. Ongoing investigation Officials were not yet able to establish a precise timeline for the kidnapping and murders. Law enforcement said the investigation is ongoing and the facts are being worked out. The FBI is involved, as well as officials from two different states. In a statement, Bush’s fiancé Josh Willis said: “I am disgusted by the whole situation. I wish Ashley and Valkyrie are alive and at home with all of us. I can’t believe he There are people who would do something like this. She was an amazing mother, a wonderful wife, a very outgoing, caring and kind person. They didn’t deserve any of this. There are 3 amazing kids here who just lost their mother/best friend and their little sister. I just lost my wife and daughter. We are all going to support each other but we are all devastated by this. We were all hoping and praying for them to come home safe and healthy. safe. I’ve lost all hope in humanity. I appreciate all the help from everyone.”

A pregnant Arkansas woman and the 31-week-old baby she was carrying were found dead in southern Missouri, law enforcement said Thursday.

Ashley Bush, 33, was 31 weeks pregnant. The baby’s name was Valkyrie Grace Willis.

The bodies of Bush and his daughter were found in separate locations. The baby was found on Wednesday and Bush was found on Thursday.

Bush had three children, ages 8, 7 and 2, and was engaged.

Josh Willis, Bush’s fiancé, said he was devastated by the news and was trying to stay strong for their daughter.

“This is just a reminder that there is evil in the world,” said county attorney Nathan Smith. “People do bad things. And for someone to prey on a pregnant woman in her most vulnerable state is unimaginable, but unfortunately that’s the world we live in.”

suspects

A married couple, Amber Waterman and Jamie Waterman, both of Jane, Missouri, have been arrested for kidnapping. Law enforcement said it was too early to indicate a motive.

McDonald County Sheriff’s Department

Amber Waterman

Bush appears to have been shot and killed, Benton County District Attorney Nathan Smith said.

In Arkansas, someone who kills a pregnant woman is charged with two counts of murder, Smith said. It is not known where Bush or his child was killed, so homicide charges have not yet been filed.

Disappearance

Ashley Bush was last seen in the passenger seat of an old beige pickup truck on the afternoon of Monday, October 31, at the intersection of Highway 72 and Highway 43 in Maysville. A white woman in her 40s with shoulder-length brown hair was driving the truck.

Bush was looking for a work from home job when she met a woman named “Lucy” online. “Lucy” picked up Bush at the Handi-Mart in Maysville to take him to a job interview in Bentonville.

Law enforcement later said that “Lucy” was actually a woman named Amber Watterman.

Around 3 p.m., Bush texted her driver, saying she was in Gravette and was heading back to Handi-Mart so she could be picked up.

“Lucy” and Bush arrived at the intersection near the Handi-Mart but instead of turning into the parking lot, the truck headed north on Highway 43 and drove off.

Ongoing investigation

The authorities were not yet able to establish a precise timetable for the kidnapping and the murders.

Law enforcement said the investigation is ongoing and the facts are being worked out. The FBI is involved, as well as officials from two different states.

In a statement, Bush’s fiancé Josh Willis said: “I am disgusted by the whole situation. I wish Ashley and Valkyrie were alive and at home with all of us. I can’t believe that there were people who would do something like this. She was a wonderful mother, a wonderful wife, a very outgoing, caring and kind person. They didn’t deserve any of this. There are 3 wonderful children here who just lost their mom/best friend and little sister. I just lost my wife and daughter. We’re all going to support each other, but we’re all devastated by this. We were all hoping and praying for them to come home. home safe. I’ve lost all hope in humanity. I appreciate all the help from everyone.”

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