Eureka Springs officers find man, woman in woods

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Eureka Springs police are investigating the deaths of two people whose bodies were found Saturday in a wooded area near Oil Springs Road.

In a news release, Eureka Springs Police Chief Thomas Achord said officers responded about 5:30 p.m. Saturday to an abandoned vehicle just east of Oil Springs Road.

"Further investigation by responding Officers revealed there were two deceased parties in the woods near the vehicle," Achord said in the news release.

The bodies have not been identified, according to the news release. Achord said Monday that the two were a man and woman, between 40 and 50 years old.

"Investigators are continuing to work to identify the parties and investigate the scene," the release said. "The bodies were removed from the scene and remain in the custody of the Carroll County Coroner until transferred to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner for examination."

Later Monday, Achord said next of kin for both parties had been located and notified of the deaths. He said police are waiting for a preliminary report from the medical examiner before identifying the deceased.

Achord said initial records indicate the two may have been living out of state.

"We have not been able to determine where the two were physically living but initial records indicate they may have been from out of state. Investigators worked vigorously through the night and into the morning on processing evidence from the scene, as well as identifying the persons and their travels before this tragic event was discovered. We are waiting for the Medical Examiner's report, which could be several days away."

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