Body found at White River believed to be victim of traffic accident on U.S. 62

Thursday, November 30, 2006

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Authorities rushed to an area below the White River Bridge on U.S. Hwy. 62 west of Eureka Springs Friday morning after a fisherman discovered a body laying in a grassy parking area near the shoreline.

Dead was Miguel Solano, 21, of the Busch community, who apparently died of injuries sustained in a traffic accident.

According to Investigator Alan Hoos, with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, his department received the call around 8:30 a.m. Friday. Hoos said he responded, along with CCSO Investigator Mike Belzner and State Police Criminal Investigator Chad Hipps.

"While in route, we were advised of a one vehicle roll-over that occurred Thursday evening a half-mile up the road," Hoos recalled.

He said state police worked the wreck and it was believed that two occupants, rumored to be brothers, fled the scene. He said it was also reported that there was substantial blood at the scene.

A preliminary fatal crash report filed by Trooper Michael B. Rylee states the accident occurred at 8:39 p.m. He said a 1994 Plymouth failed to negotiate a curve, went off the roadway and struck a sign and rock ledge, and overturned. He said the operator walked away and was found the following day under the bridge. He identified the deceased as Miguel Solano, of County Road 1091, Eureka Springs.

Hoos said medics from Eureka Springs and Inspiration Point were already at the scene by the time he and other investigators arrived Friday morning.

He said the victim was found laying face down and unresponsive and medics reported they believed he was dead because of his coloring.

While investigating the scene, Hoos said a subject arrived and spoke with Trooper Hipps. Hoos said it was his understanding that the subject took Hipps to the victim's home where Hipps encountered a resident with facial lacerations reportedly sustained when a gray van crashed.

Hoos said several people from the residence were brought back to the scene where they positively identified the body as that of Miguel Solano.

Solano was reported to be a construction worker who left behind a son, a fiance and two brothers of the Eureka Springs area. He was also survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister of Mexico.

Visitation and rosary services were Sunday at Nelson's Chapel of the Springs in Eureka Springs and funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, with interment to follow in San Felipe, Guanajuanto, Mexico.

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