Eureka Springs police await report from medical examiner on bodies

Friday, October 9, 2015

Eureka Springs police had little new information to report Thursday afternoon in the case of two bodies that were discovered over the weekend in a wooded area off Oil Springs Road.

Police Chief Thomas Achord said earlier in the week that the deceased had been identified as a man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s, but he said police would not release their names until a preliminary report is received from the state medical examiner.

Det. Paul Sebby said Thursday afternoon that police were still waiting on the medical examiner's report.

"I just called them about 20 minutes ago and left a message," Sebby said shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday.

In a news release Monday, 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.

Achord said Tuesday that the incident is being treated as a "criminal death investigation."

He said the bodies were in a wooded area between Oil Springs Road and the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.

Achord said initial records indicate the two may have been living out of state. He said their identification was from one state, while the vehicle's license plate was from another state. He said it wasn't clear how long they had been in Eureka Springs.

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