CCSO investigating suspicious death

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered five days after he was reportedly assaulted.

CCSO Chief Deputy Maj. Jerry Williams said deputies responded to an assault call on Dec. 28 at an address on U.S. Highway 62 west of Berryville. The caller, John Callahan, told a dispatcher he had been assaulted and was bleeding from the head.

Callahan’s body was discovered at the same address on Jan. 2, Williams said.

An investigation is ongoing, Williams said, adding that more details will be available once the investigation is completed.

Callahan was one of three people arrested in September 2019 after officers with the Tri-City Special Response Team surrounded a residence on Kingshighway in Eureka Springs for several hours. The standoff stemmed from a stabbing earlier that day at an address on Highway 62.

In an agreement with prosecutors, Callahan pleaded guilty in November 2020 to failure to appear on a felony. He was sentenced to 44 months’ probation. In exchange, prosecutors agreed not to pursue charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution and tampering with physical evidence.

Callahan was last booked into the Carroll County Detention Center in Berryville on July 16, 2021, on a charge of public intoxication. Jail records listed his age then as 69.

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