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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2007 12:00 am

No arrests yet in case

Beloit police are still working on a June homicide that left a 37-year-old Beloit mother dead.

During the early morning hours of June 16, Angelia Warf was found dead in her residence at 906 Harrison Ave., by a roommate. He found her wrapped in a large piece of cloth. While police won't release Warf's cause of death, 911 call logs indicate officers responded to a stabbing at the residence.

Beloit Police Capt. Bill Tyler said investigators have received preliminary results from the Wisconsin Crime Lab on items from the crime scene. However, investigators are waiting on the final report before proceeding with any further action or any arrests.

&#8220Once we get that we're going to evaluate it and see where it takes us,” he explained. &#8220We're still moving along on the investigation.”

Tyler said most of the items sent to the crime lab have been processed. An affidavit of a search warrant of the house revealed investigators confiscated an orange tank top with hair fibers, a beer can, towel, sweatshirt, a Chips Ahoy cookie package, a bloody sock, red shirt, sheets from Warf's bed, clothes from a washing machine, blood samples, marijuana pipe, cigarettes, clothes and lint from a dryer and a cell phone.

The report from the crime lab should be reaching the police department in the coming weeks.

&#8220We should know in a couple of weeks, but that's of no comfort to anyone but us because it won't bring the victim back,” Tyler said.

He would not say if a weapon was recovered or if a weapon was even used to kill Warf.

Warf's neighbors have previously said they didn't hear any gunshots or screaming. They awoke early Saturday morning to police sirens. A neighbor last saw Warf around midnight June 16. The police department received the call from Warf's roommate around 4:45 a.m.

Tyler maintains the June homicide was not a random act of violence even though the homicide has not been solved. He explained solved is a relative term. Investigators may know who committed a crime, but need evidence to make an arrest.

He said with Warf's homicide, it's not a matter of solving it - it's a matter of having enough evidence to arrest her killer.

Tyler also said had the June 16 homicide been a random act of violence, the community would have been amply warned.

Neighbors described Warf as a quiet person who kept to herself. She left behind a teenage daughter, who lives in Waukegan, Ill. with her father. Warf worked at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in Rockton. She graduated from South Beloit High School in 1989. Neighbors and friends say she was trying to put her life together amid a painful divorce.

This is Beloit's second homicide this year. The first occurred on April 2 in the 1200 block of Eighth Street. The victim, Carlos E. Lak, 35, of Beloit, was shot to death in his home. Police arrested Byron Stewart, 36, of Beloit, and Thomas C. Conner, 36, of Beloit. Both were charged with party to the crime of first degree intentional homicide. Stewart has been accused of being the shooter and will have a trial in December.

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