OBSI Offers Reward in Suspicious 2020 Arson Murder Investigation

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NOBLE COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is now offering a $10,000 reward for information regarding a murder investigation after remains were found in a burning house in February 2020 .

The Noble County Sheriff’s Office, District 8 Attorney and OBSI announced on Wednesday that remains found in a fire that occurred in Red Rock, Oklahoma on February 19, 2020 are identified as Bobby Gene Ratliff and his wife Ruby” Faye” Ratliff.

The Ratliffs’ remains were found in the charred rubble of their home on X Road in Red Rock.

In the early morning hours of February 19, 2020, deputies from the Noble County Sheriff’s Office and firefighters from the Red Rock Fire Department responded to a house fire located at 19200 X Road in Red Rock. Shortly after responding, firefighters were able to put out the fire, but most of the house had completely burned down.

The charred remains of a person were found in the rubble. At that time, the scene of the fire became a crime scene.

On February 20, 2020, the medical examiner’s office informed OBSI that the remains belonged to Bobby and that he had been shot.

Later in the investigation, the medical examiner informed officers that some of the human remains collected from the fire belonged to a second person.

The second remains were determined to belong to Faye after a DNA comparison.

The medical examiner also discovered that Faye had been shot.

It was determined that the fire was started to cover up the murder.

Officials say Bobby was born and raised in Red Rock, Oklahoma. He and Faye had lived at their home on X Road since 1989.

Bobby had worked for Ditch Witch since 1986 and was a volunteer firefighter for the Red Rock Fire Department. Faye worked intermittently for Frontier Public School for over 20 years. At the time of the fire, Faye was the administrative assistant to the school superintendent.

OBSI is offering a $10,000 reward for information about the Ratliff murders.

Anyone who has information about this matter or saw anything suspicious at the time of the fire is asked to contact OBSI at 1-800-522-8017 or [email protected] You can remain anonymous.

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