Mother of four shot, body burned in Lawrence County, Ind. - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Mother of four shot, body burned in Lawrence County, Ind.

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Kamie Ratcliff (Family photo) Kamie Ratcliff (Family photo)

MITCHELL, Ind. (WDRB) – Two people are facing charges in relation to the disappearance and death of 29-year-old Kamie Ratcliff.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Lawrence County Superior court Thursday morning, Lincoln Ray Pickett admitted to burning Ratcliff’s body but said the mother of four shot herself.

“My mom was trying to contact her and wasn't able to get a hold of her,” said Ratcliff’s sister Bridget Roach. “So on that Sunday, we went to the Mitchell Police Department and filed a missing persons report.”

Documents show that report was filed on Jan. 24. Four days later, on Jan. 28, police officers executed a search warrant at the home of Lincoln and Jasmine Pickett.

The affidavit states, “officers located a fire burning directly behind the house. With the fire, officers located what appears to be bones.”

The affidavit goes on to state that officers found a Taurus 38 revolver and a “significant amount” of blood in one of the vehicles on the property.

According to documents, during an initial police interview with Lincoln Pickett, he admitted to burning Ratcliff’s body behind his house but said she had shot herself in his vehicle back on Jan. 21. He said Ratcliff’s body remained in the vehicle in the garage until it was burned on the 28th.

Both Picketts were arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse and failure to report a dead body.

“I am angry and I'm sad but again, this is a nightmare,” Roach said. “This isn't anything any of us thought we would be dealing with.”

Then, on Feb. 3, Lincoln Pickett’s sister told police during an interview that her brother told her “he, Jasmine and this girl were going for a ride and that the girl hit Lincoln in the head a couple of times and then shot her in the face.”

Lincoln Pickett was then charged with murder. He's being held at the Lawrence County jail under no bond. Jasmine Pickett is not facing a murder charge and has since posted bond and been released.

Lincoln Pickett is now facing the following charges: murder, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent offender, obstruction of justice, abuse of a corpse, false informing and failure to report a dead body.

“Who does he think he is to take her from us?” Roach asked.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Ratcliff was reportedly living with the Picketts.

Kamie Ratcliff was a mother of four.

“He took my only sister from me. He took my mom's baby. He took my nieces' and nephews' mother,” Roach said.

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