Man’s body found near Black Bass Lake identified

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The body of an elderly man recovered Feb. 28 by Eureka Springs police near Black Bass Lake has been identified.

According to a report from the Eureka Springs Police Department, the deceased was identified as Larry Shuttleworth, 84, of Holiday Island, who had reportedly gone for a walk after church near the western Carroll County lake when he suffered an apparent heart attack.

At approximately 1:24 p.m. on Feb. 28, Eureka Springs officers, along with EMS personnel, were dispatched to the parking lot near the Black Bass Lake hiking trailhead to investigate a report of an unconscious male.

On arrival, they found a white male lying on his back in the gravel parking area with a wooden cane, a baseball cap and a set of car keys next to him.

According to the report, EMS personnel were first on the scene and attempted to provide aid, but were unsuccessful.

They informed officers they observed no signs of foul play and that it appeared to them as if the man died from natural causes.

After contacting the county coroner’s office to collect the body, officers took photos at the scene, interviewed the couple who reported the emergency and searched the deceased’s nearby vehicle, which was towed from the scene.

Shuttleworth’s identity had been withheld pending notification of next of kin and a coroner’s report.

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