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Oregon Woman Claims Her Boyfriend Admitted To Killing A Hawaii Four Year Old In 1993.

A woman who lives in Medford Oregon claims her boyfriend gave her details about how he committed the murder of a 4 year old little girl, then blamed it on his brother who is serving a life sentence.

Tiffany Kaneko of Medford Oregon contacted Codefore Publishing with her claims that her boyfriend Todd Lee Schonlau told her that he was responsible for the death of a little girl (Aleisia "Lacy" Wolsey Ruf ) in Kauai in 1993 and that his brother Aaron Schonlau is in prison for the murder.

Kaneko said that when Schonlau first confessed to her she didn't believe him, but after researching the murder on the internet she verified that the crime actually happened and that Todd's brother was in fact serving life in prison for the murder. Kaneko contacted Codefore Publishing because the Schonlau brothers were mentioned in a Codefore Publishing book {Closed Eyes} written about the Colorado murder of 7 year old Tracy Neef.

Kaneko and Soto provided Codefore with details about the murder as told to Kaneko by Todd Schonlau. Some of these details are not released in this article because they would be known only by the person who murdered Ruf and the Kauai police department.

Kaneko said that Todd told her that his brother Aaron had sexually assaulted Lacy in Kauai.. Kaneko said that Todd told her that it was he that tried to conceal the crime by depositing little Lacy's body in the ocean. He told her he weighted her body down and dragged her out into the ocean into deep water so that the "sharks would eat her." Todd said that he did not know until later that Lacy was still alive when he disposed of her. She said he told her that since she was alive when he placed her in the ocean, it was he not his brother that had actually killed her because her cause of death was drowning.

Although the murder investigation of Lacy Ruf is closed, Kauai police Detective Roy Asher visit;( would neither confirm nor deny any of the information provided by Codefore. Asher said that his police chief would not authorize the release of any information on the case. He advised Codefore to "contact the news media." Codefore forwarded a summary of the information contained in this article to him. There has been no follow up communication.

News accounts, legal documents and interviews conducted with Todd and Aaron Schonlau revealed the following information.

On July 27th, 1993 Aleisia (Lacy) and her parents were camping on Anini beach in Kauai. It was late afternoon. Little Lacy had a dog and was playing with it on the beach. It was the last time her parents saw her alive. The facts of Lacy's adventure with her dog are gut wrenching but the events are not clear. Lacy was missing and could not be found. The police were notified and a search of the area was conducted. They could not find Lacy.

A witness was contacted who reported seeing a young man wearing a tee shirt with graphics on it and was carrying what the witness described as "something that looked like a body wrapped in a blanket." Other than this witness's statement there was no sign of Lacy. Her parents were frantic and the police were concerned.

Another witness that the police contacted that fateful afternoon was Todd Lee Schonlau. When the police talked with Todd they noted that he was wearing a tee shirt that looked like the one the witness described who had seen a man carrying something wrapped in a blanket. When questioned about the shirt he was wearing Todd told the police that it was his brother Aaron's shirt and that he had borrowed it because he had been snorkeling and his clothes were wet. He told the police that he and his brother Aaron had been camping on the beach and that he had not seen Lacy. Aaron Schonlau was hiding inside their small tent when the police were questioning his brother Todd standing near the pup tent.

Aaron had recently been released from the Honolulu Police Department jail on a burglary charge. He was hiding in the tent when police were talking to his brother Todd because he thought the police had come to take him back to jail on the burglary charge.

Aaron's burglary arrest was the result of an allegation by two campers days earlier who were camped on a beach in Honolulu. The campers, a man and a woman, alleged that Aaron had entered their tent as they slept and sexually assaulted the woman while the man slept beside her. The police later released Aaron because they could not complete their investigation. The victims could not be located.

To make matters worse for the Honolulu police, when they released Aaron on the burglary charge Aaron had an arrest warrant for burglary and escape in Colorado where both Aaron and Todd grew up. It seems that when Aaron was going through the Honolulu jail booking procedure, a technician misspelled Aarons name and entered the wrong social security number in their computer. The Colorado warrant did not show up. Later in Kauai Lacy Ruf was dead. Lacy's parents initiated a civil lawsuit against the Honolulu Police Department for erroneously releasing Aaron from jail. Their lawsuit was not successful. visit

According to newspaper accounts, Aaron pleaded guilty to the crime and was subsequently sentenced. Aaron says he pleaded' 'no contest'. Aaron apparently told the police that he was high on alcohol and mushrooms and really didn't remember much about the crime. Days later friends and members of Lacy's family located her in 15-30 feet of water near where Todd had indicated she was located. A subsequent autopsy report determined the cause of death as drowning and that she was "brutally raped".

Codefore communicated with Aaron in late 2012 via US Mail. Detention authorities denied a Codefore request to interview Arron Schonlau, but allowed US mail contact.

When asked if he had murdered Lacy Ruf he said it was he who sexually assaulted Lacy and he thought she died when he held his hand over her nose and mouth while raping her. He said that he learned the details of the crime at his arraignment hearing and the subsequent court appearances. It was then that he learned that Lacy was alive after he had raped her and that she died from drowning.

I asked Aaron if he remembered if and how he placed Lacy's body in the ocean and how deep he thought the water was. Aaron said he "must have" stuffed some stones in her shirt and dragged her body into the Ocean and it could not have been over 4 or 5 feet deep because he cannot swim. He described the stones as, "Not very heavy." The reported depth where Lacy's body was found was between 15 and 30 feet.

He said that he was high on drugs and alcohol and didn't remember much about the crime. He said he confessed to the details given him by the police. He said that he had been walking the beach and a little girl and her dog had been following him. He said that he abducted her. Aaron said that he signed his prepared confession because his attorney Arthur Trask Jr. told him that if he didn't plead guilty he could suffer a severe sentence such as life without parole. His attorney has been disbarred.

Todd Lee Schonlau has a long arrest history in numerous states including Colorado where he grew up and in Oregon. Tiffany Kaneko also has an arrest history in Oregon. Most of her arrests are alcohol related.

Aleisia "Lacy" Wolsey Ruf is not with us today but on July 27th 1993 she was a vibrant 4 year old little girl. Her life was tragically taken from her and although she may have survived the brutal rape,she did not survive the horrific drowning in the Pacific waters of Hawaii. Lacy would be 24 years old this year. View whole article at

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