Tuesday, July 24
Fugitive teen wanted in connection with death of his 63-year-old male lover shipped evidence
Miami-Dade police said they intercepted a package containing bloodied clothes that Dwayne Lebarr Jr. had sent to his own home via UPS after the death of Craig Douglas Wolfe, according to The Miami Herald. The two had reportedly been in a relationship.
Besides the sullied clothing inside the parcel, police also said they found a laptop and a digital camera.
“The items we recovered suggest that Lebarr Jr. was attempting to conceal critical evidence related to the crime, however, we are still actively investigating this case,” Miami-Dade Detective Roy Rutland told The Herald.
Lebarr, who is believed to still be in South Florida, is being charged with second-degree murder and grand theft.
Police found Wolfe’s body inside of his North Bay Village apartment on June 15. He had been strangled and had a laceration on his head, according to NBC 6 South Florida.
Lebarr, who called 911, told police he had found the body. He and Wolfe had first met online about a month before the slaying.
During questioning at police headquarters, investigators said, there were “numerous inconsistencies” in Lebarr’s version of events, CBS 4 Miami reported Sunday.
He was asked to take a polygraph test, and after failing, declined to cooperate any further and asked for an attorney, according to reports. Police let him go.
Investigators believe Lebarr, who was found with Wolfe’s car keys and cell phone, used Wolfe’s car and credit cards after the killing, buying, food and new clothes at Walmart, The Herald reported.
One of the receipts showed Lebarr went to a UPS store in Miami to ship some of the items he purchased to his home, an arrest affidavit said. The shipment allegedly included the blood-stained clothing police say he wore during the slaying and a laptop that belonged to Wolfe.
Previously, Wolfe worked as a vice president at Franklin Bank in Houston, acting as a “whistleblower” against the financial institution’s alleged mismanagement during the recent financial crisis.
He later moved to Florida as a mortgage underwriter, his family told The Herald.
“He really liked being by the water,” said his brother, John Wolfe. “Sadly, he was the happiest he had ever been. He was very content.”