Invisible Children

Cheyenne Noell Wolf

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Cheyenne Wolf, age 11, died from an untreated head injury. Her sisters, S.E. (age 16) and S.M., reported that Cheyenne was routinely beaten by their stepmother, Denise Wolf, and tied to a chair and bed. Cheyenne had spina bifida, wore leg braces and was incontinent. She had been withdrawn from school in January 2008 to be homeschooled, while S.E. continued to attend public school.

After her death, Cheyenne’s biological father Abel Wolf concealed her body in storage bins and the family carried her remains with them as they moved, first to Montana and then to Oregon. When S.E. ran away from home, the Wolfs feared that Cheyenne’s body would be discovered and moved it to the home of Denise Wolf’s brother, who reported it to the police in 2009.

In 2011, Denise and Abel Wolf were convicted of child abuse, child abuse by neglect, and unlawful removal of a dead body. They were both sentenced to life in prison. The Wolfs’ other two daughters became wards of the state.

Date: April 2008
Location: Bokchito, Oklahoma

Documents: Date:
Friends Mourn Cheyenne Wolf 2009
Oklahoma Girl’s Remains May Have Been Found in Milton-Freewater Storage Shed 2009-07-07
Fugitives arrested in Hill County 2009-07-07
Okla. couple arrested for digging up dead girl 2009-07-07
Oklahoma couple accused of exhuming girl 2009-07-08
Wolfs in Bryan County on $500K bond 2009
New details about the death of Cheyenne Wolf 2010-08-20
Sisters testify they saw Cheyenne Wolf abused before she died 2010-11-11
Conviction in Oklahoma abuse death case 2011-02-04
Abel Wolf sentenced to three life terms in Okla. 2011-03-21