Burnt remains positively identified as Hebron millionaire

Walter Sartory
Walter Sartory

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

MORGAN COUNTY, IN (FOX19) - Boone County Sheriff investigators say burned remains located in Morgan County, Ind. have been positively identified as a 73-year-old Hebron millionaire.

Walter Sartory was last seen in mid-February and was officially reported missing on March 4. The remains were found March 13.

Dr. Mark Burnstein, a forensic dentist at the University of Louisville, made the identification by comparing the evidence to Sartory's dental x-rays.

A mother and son, Willa Blanc and Louis Wilkinson, have been indicted for complicity to kidnapping, knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult, knowingly exploiting an adult, tampering with physical evidence, abuse of a corpse and theft by deception for their roles in Sartory's death. Blanc was a caretaker for Sartory.

"While this report confirms what we felt in our hears after locating the burn sites in Indiana, we will leave no stone unturned in our investigation," said Boone County Sheriff Michael Helmig. "Anyone who had a part in this senseless act of greed will be brought to justice."

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