John Wonder is accused of murdering his estranged wife, Ashli Ehrhardt
A Missouri man was arrested on Friday after his wife was found dead with his last name written on her leg with blood, according to court records obtained by PEOPLE.
John Wonder, 31, and his wife worked at the same company, and became the subjects of a welfare check after his supervisor realized they were both absent from work on Friday, according to a probable cause statement PEOPLE reviewed.
News outlets KMBC, 41 KSHB and the Kansas City Star, as well as a Facebook post from the victim’s mother have identified his wife as Ashli Ehrhardt. The suspect and victim were in the midst of a divorce.
Ehrhardt's parents and Wonder’s mother met Kansas City, Mo., police officers outside the couple’s residence after the employer also reached out to them on Friday, the probable cause statement says.
According to the probable cause statement, Ehrhardt’s body was found in the laundry room next to a large butcher knife and a cleaver. She was nude from the waist down, with the name "Wonder" written in blood on her leg. She also had a belt wrapped around her neck and was bleeding from several puncture wounds on her body.
Wonder’s sister and a friend alleged to officers that they received cryptic messages from him on Friday.
“For the record: it’s way easier and much more satisfying than you can imagine. See you around,” he allegedly texted his sister in reference to the killing, according to the statement.
“I keep thinking about how she never screamed. Just took it like a champ,” Wonder allegedly wrote in a Facebook message to his friend. “What a gal. To honor her. I will not go out by a gunshot (suicide by cop) but by, hopefully a similar fate as Ashli.”
He also allegedly wrote in an earlier message that he was “depleted” and that he set her gemstones by her body.
“Her thirdeye shakra, her moonstone, blah blah blah – a lot of good they did you, hun,” he allegedly wrote, according to the statement.
Wonder is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, with a bond set at $1 million cash, according to his arrest warrant.
In a moving tribute on Facebook posted Sunday, Ehrhardt’s mother wrote that her heart is “completely shattered,” and added that the couple’s children are currently in their care.
She added that she had to break the news to her grandchild. According to KSHB, the couple’s children are 2 and 4 years old.
“This is the mommy fountain that he has already created in her memory,” she wrote alongside a picture of a boy next to rocks and water sprinkling out of a planter pot. “We will make sure she is remembered in our home every single minute of every single day.” ￼
Court records did not show if Wonder has retained an attorney or entered a plea.
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