Florida Bodybuilder Charged with Death of Ex-Wife, Accused of Incinerating Her Body
A Florida bodybuilder was charged with the death of his ex-wife and accused of incinerating her body.
43-year-old Ian Christopher Baunach was charged with first-degree premeditated murder, illegally cremating a body, drugs possession and violating federal firearms law after authorities found a ‘burn pile’ and bone fragments in his backyard.
According to reports, on September 30, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office received a report that Baunach’s ex-wife, 39-year-old Katie Baunach was missing.
The night before Katie Baunach went missing, she told her friend she was going to swing by her ex-husband’s home to pick up some stuff she left there.
Police arrived to Ian Baunach’s home the next day to search the property when they saw Katie Baunach’s car parked in the driveway – but there was no sign of her anywhere.
When police came back for a second sweep of the property, they found evidence of a homicide which included blood in the trunk of Ian’s car, garage and doorway.
Law enforcement officers found stockpiles of steroids and silencers when they searched Baunach’s home.
According to the criminal complaint, officers found part of a jawbone and tooth in the burn pile in the backyard.
The couple shared two children together and Katie Baunach had previously obtained a restraining order after she accused her ex of abusing one of the kids, Fox News reported.
Fox News reported:
A Florida bodybuilder is accused of killing and cremating his ex-wife after federal investigators say they found bone fragments in a 50-gallon drum on his property that “reeked of decaying flesh.”
Ian Christopher Baunach, 43, an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness competitor, faces a slew of charges, including first-degree premeditated murder, illegally cremating a body, drugs possession and violating federal firearms law.
Deputies allegedly found stockpiles of both steroids and unregistered silencers when they searched his house for missing ex-wife Katie Baunach, who was a 39-year-old nurse, according to a Facebook profile. The couple shared two children, according to investigators.
They also found signs of blood in Ian Baunach’s trunk and other evidence of a physical struggle between the garage doorway and foyer after using the reactive chemical Luminol, according to the complaint. They found Katie Baunach’s wedding band and engagement ring — both of which her friend said she was wearing when she dropped off her kids — in a safe. Also in the safe were more than a dozen unregistered silencers, and throughout the home deputies found several firearms that were threaded to accommodate the silencers, according to the complaint.
Court records state that police also found 13 vials of steroids.
According to the complaint, Ian Baunach waived his Miranda rights and told detectives that his ex-wife showed up at his house, and they got into an argument over another woman. He said he “went to sleep because he did not want to argue, and when he woke up, Katie Baunach was gone,” according to the complaint.
But when investigators searched the property, they said they found “a fresh burn pile” with part of a jawbone and a tooth. Nearby was a 50-gallon barrel, “which reeked of decaying flesh” and had another bone fragment inside.
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