Police: Bobbie Maples was suffocated to death

Posted at 12:52 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 18:30:10-04

MUSKEGON, Mich.  —  A woman whose body was buried under a horse corral in Fruitport Township had been suffocated with duct tape, according to a court transcript released Tuesday.

Bobbie Maples, 32, of Roosevelt Park disappeared in December 2014, less than two weeks after giving birth.  Her body was found 13 months later near a barn in Fruitland Township after police received a tip.

32-year-old Bobbie Maples vanished just days after giving birth to her daughter.

Ronald Earl Williams was charged Tuesday with Maples' murder. He's already in prison for a drug conviction.

Roosevelt Park police Chief David Boone says in the transcript that Williams told investigators that he administered drugs to Maples and was the "only person present" when she died.   Boone says she had duct tape over her nose and mouth and a plastic bag over her head.

Williams has a criminal past that includes felony obstruction of police and delivering or manufacturing narcotics.