Pregnant Arkansas woman and baby found dead; DOJ says suspect wanted to claim baby as her own

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An Arkansas woman who was 31 weeks pregnant was found dead in southern Missouri. Her baby also died, law enforcement officials said Thursday. Ashley Bush, 33, was 31 weeks pregnant. The baby’s name was Valkyrie Grace Willis.The bodies of Bush and her daughter were found in separate locations. The baby was found Wednesday and Bush was found Thursday.Bush had three children, ages 8, 7, and 2, and was engaged to be married.Josh Willis, Bush’s fiancé, said he’s devastated by the news and trying to stay strong for their daughter.A Missouri couple has been charged in connection to the deaths. SuspectsA married couple, Amber Waterman and Jamie Waterman, both of Jane, Missouri, were arrested on kidnapping charges. They were charged in federal court for their roles in the kidnapping and murder on Friday.Amber Waterman is being charged with one count of kidnapping resulting in death; Jamie Waterman is being charged with one count of being an accessory after the fact to kidnapping resulting in death.Bush appears to have been killed by a gunshot wound, said Nathan Smith, Benton County prosecutor.In Arkansas, someone who kills a pregnant woman is charged with two counts of murder, Smith said. It wasn’t clear where Bush or her child were killed, so homicide charges have not yet been filed.DisappearanceBush was last seen in the passenger seat of an older model tan pickup truck on the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 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 job working from home when she met a woman named “Lucy” online. “Lucy” picked Bush up at the Handi-Mart in Maysville to take her to a job interview in Bentonville.Law enforcement officials later said that “Lucy” was actually Waterman. At about 3 p.m., Bush texted her ride, saying she was in Gravette and on her way 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 went north onto HWY 43 and drove off.Criminal complaint detailsAccording to the federal criminal complaint, Amber Waterman kidnapped Bush between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 in order to claim her unborn child as her own.Amber Waterman told police on Oct. 31 that she had gone into labor that evening and delivered a stillborn child.On Nov. 1, investigators were told by the Waterman’s that Amber had a miscarriage.Detectives then noticed blood stains on the inside of a truck that matched the description given by Bush’s fiancé.Amber Waterman allegedly led her husband to the body of Bush on Nov. 2, who was lying face down next to a boat near their home in Pineville.The couple then moved the body to the back of the residence and allegedly burned the body before driving a short distance to hide it.Jamie Waterman led agents and detectives to where the body was taken to, where a charred human body was discovered.An FBI evidence response team says they located some human remains in a burn pile behind the residence.

An Arkansas woman who was 31 weeks pregnant was found dead in southern Missouri. Her baby also died, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

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

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

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

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

A Missouri couple has been charged in connection to the deaths.

Suspects

A married couple, Amber Waterman and Jamie Waterman, both of Jane, Missouri, were arrested on kidnapping charges. They were charged in federal court for their roles in the kidnapping and murder on Friday.

Amber Waterman is being charged with one count of kidnapping resulting in death; Jamie Waterman is being charged with one count of being an accessory after the fact to kidnapping resulting in death.

Amber Waterman

McDonald County Sheriff’s Department

Amber Waterman

Bush appears to have been killed by a gunshot wound, said Nathan Smith, Benton County prosecutor.

In Arkansas, someone who kills a pregnant woman is charged with two counts of murder, Smith said. It wasn’t clear where Bush or her child were killed, so homicide charges have not yet been filed.

Disappearance

Bush was last seen in the passenger seat of an older model tan pickup truck on the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 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 job working from home when she met a woman named “Lucy” online. “Lucy” picked Bush up at the Handi-Mart in Maysville to take her to a job interview in Bentonville.

Law enforcement officials later said that “Lucy” was actually Waterman.

At about 3 p.m., Bush texted her ride, saying she was in Gravette and on her way 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 went north onto HWY 43 and drove off.

Criminal complaint details

According to the federal criminal complaint, Amber Waterman kidnapped Bush between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 in order to claim her unborn child as her own.

Amber Waterman told police on Oct. 31 that she had gone into labor that evening and delivered a stillborn child.

On Nov. 1, investigators were told by the Waterman’s that Amber had a miscarriage.

Detectives then noticed blood stains on the inside of a truck that matched the description given by Bush’s fiancé.

Amber Waterman allegedly led her husband to the body of Bush on Nov. 2, who was lying face down next to a boat near their home in Pineville.

The couple then moved the body to the back of the residence and allegedly burned the body before driving a short distance to hide it.

Jamie Waterman led agents and detectives to where the body was taken to, where a charred human body was discovered.

An FBI evidence response team says they located some human remains in a burn pile behind the residence.

Contributed by local news sources

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