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INMATE/WARRANTS WEBSITE ROSTER MAINTENANCE

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

JEFF CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE INMATE/WARRANTS WEBSITE ROSTER MAINTENANCE: Jefferson County, Arkansas – November 6, 2018 – The inmate/warrants roster of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office website are temporally unavailable due to system maintenance. We are working on upgrading our internal systems and booking interfaces.  

 

In addition to system maintenance, we will turn off the inmate roster daily alert notifications. These notifications will resume when the roster is back online.

 

When this upgrade is complete, the inmate/warrants rosters will be back online.  We will disseminate an update upon completion.   

 

We appreciate your patience and we look forward to announcing the return of these features to the website soon!

 

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JEFF CO. SHERIFF ROBINSON ORDERS FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF-MAST IN HONOR OF DEPUTY

Photo: Chief Deputy Stanley James (far left), Major Lafayette Woods, Jr., Jeff. Co. Sheriff Gerald Robinson; Cpl. Christopher Grider, Sergeant Anthony Criag, Lieutenant Randy Dolphin (far right) look on as Sheriff Robinson and Cpl. Grider prepare flag to be flown at half-mast outside the "Lloyd Pete Harrison" Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

JEFF CO. SHERIFF ROBINSON ORDERS FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF-MAST IN HONOR OF DEPUTY: Jefferson County, Arkansas – October 24, 2018 – The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is in mourning this week as it prepares for the memorial services of one of their own; remembering the life of a great public servant.

Word spread quickly on Thursday, October 18, 2018, when the agency learned of the passing of Ret. Lieutenant Columbus Eugene Holmes, 75.

Following the announcement, Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson offered his condolences to the Holmes family. He also ordered that flags be flown at half-mast in Holmes’ honor.

Holmes was born on May 13, 1943 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was educated within the Altheimer Public School System, where he attended Martin Elementary from 1947 to 1953 and Martin High School 1954 to 1959. Holmes married his wife, Doris Jean Brooks-Holmes in 1988.

Holmes always had a passion for serving others. He joined the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office on March 1, 1977; a time when racial tensions were still high and African American leadership within the ranks of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was rare. However, this didn’t stop Holmes from excelling; eventually rising to the rank of lieutenant within the agency.

Holmes was first assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division in 1977. His service was unmatched and in 1988 earned him the “Distinguished Service Award” by then Arkansas Sheriff’s Association Executive Director, Cary Gaines. In 1994, Holmes was promoted to the rank of corporal and just 3 ½ months later to sergeant. As a sergeant, Holmes was responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and supervising the activities of assigned shift personnel within the Uniformed Patrol Division. Holmes’ work performance, style of supervision, and exceptional treatment of his subordinates earned him a promotion to the rank of lieutenant in 1997.

Holmes retired on April 11, 2001; however, retirement was short-lived. Just two months later, Holmes rejoined the sheriff’s office as a part-time deputy sheriff in June of 2001, before retiring a second time in 2018.  Holmes' final retirement netted him a combined total of nearly 41-years of dedicated law enforcement service.

Following his retirement, Lieutenant Holmes’ health quickly declined, yet he still remained an essential part of the sheriff’s office until his passing.

“As a member of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, he was always the first to arrive for work each morning and available whenever I needed him,” Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson said of Holmes.

“I am saddened by the loss of a true and loyal friend, Columbus Holmes. Columbus was an iconic figure of the Jefferson County Sheriff office. He represented this department with pride and with upmost professionalism.  When I learned of his passing, not only did I realize that I had lost a friend but a brother who has known me and been a part of my life even before my law enforcement career began. We have shared great times, sad times, encouraging times, but through it all we maintained a friendship that was inseparable,” Robinson said.  

“Often times, Columbus would share a scripture from the Bible that would encourage us all and renew our spirit and faith in God. That was so much a part of Columbus’ life. He loved the Lord and his life reflected his relationship with God. I will miss my friend dearly. I know he is with the Lord. One of Columbus’ favorite scriptures that he would recite is John 14:2; “Let not your heart be troubled. In my father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”  Columbus has had a place prepared for him. We will miss him very much.  He has brought joy to so many. We have to say good bye for now. Rest In Peace my friend.”

Others like Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff, Chief Deputy Stanley James, who knew Holmes well, reflected on his interaction and relationship with Holmes.

“After 23-years of law enforcement service, I can still recall my first encounter with a member of law enforcement in Pine Bluff, AR. Although it was January of 1987, I remember it like it were yesterday. I was just arriving in Pine Bluff to enroll as a sophomore at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff,” James said.

“Having been born and reared in Jackson, MS, I was new to Arkansas and the City of Pine Bluff. Once I arrived here, I saw a deputy sheriff conducting a traffic stop at the corner of Main/Harding Ave. He was well groomed and his uniform was flawless. His boots were polished so well that the sun gleamed off them like a mirror. I said to myself, that deputy has it going on. Little did I know that it would be that initial encounter with Columbus that sparked my interest in the law enforcement profession. Columbus was an inspiration to me and countless others. He will be sorely missed.”  

Many spoke of Holmes’ sense of humor and his passion for working as a law enforcement officer. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander and sheriff-elect, Major Lafayette Woods, described Holmes as the ultimate role model and public servant.

“Columbus meant so much to all of us but for me personally, I find it hard to put in words just what kind of person he was because he wore so many titles. He had a great sense of humor and made all of us laugh. More than that, Columbus was role model, servant leader, and like a grandfather to me. However, above all things, he was a God fearing man. He was deeply rooted in his faith and would often share his spiritual views with me. Columbus loved to shop and was known by everyone within the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and beyond as the “best dresser,” even winning the official title accompanied by an award presented to Columbus at one of the sheriff’s office earlier awards banquets. Each morning, Columbus would come into my office and wait for me to comment on his wardrobe. You would never catch Columbus wear the same clothes twice and I mean even in the same year,” said Woods.

“Professionally, Columbus was a dedicated public servant, who performed his duties in a manner that bought honor to the entire law enforcement profession. He leaves a legacy behind that will long endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all that were privileged to know him.”

Memorial services are as follows:

Visitation/Wake: Thursday, October 25, 2018 Place: Brown Funeral Home located at 2704 Commerce Circle in Pine Bluff, AR (870) 534-3210               

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

Memorial Service: Friday, October 26, 2017

Pace: Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church located at 2121 W. 26th Avenue, Pine Bluff, AR

Time: 11:00 a.m.

 

The location of the interment, which will be performed immediately following memorial services is to be announced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JEFF CO: WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF SETTING BOYFRIEND HOUSE ON FIRE

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Averie Jackson

Student Intern/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE

Email: averie.jackson@jeffcoso.org

JEFF CO: WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF SETTING BOYFRIEND HOUSE ON FIRE: Jefferson County, Arkansas - September 6, 2018 – A Jefferson County woman facing arson charges after setting a house on fire.

 

Rebecca Noble, 26, faces 1 count of arson after the September 3, 2018 fire at a Jefferson County residence, located within the 3800 block of Lowman Road.

 

The flames spread rapidly along the southeast corner of the residence, threatening to engulf the entire structure.

 

Nobles boyfriend, Derrick Drewry, who is also the homeowner stated that he and Nobles had begun arguing. During the argument, Drewry stated that Noble advised him repeatedly that she was going to “burn the house down.” Drewry further stated that in order to avoid any further confrontation with Noble, he exited his residence and went outside to his truck. While sitting in his truck, Drewry stated that Noble knocked on the door of his truck and advised that the house was on fire.

 

Deputies and investigators arrived and arrested Nobles for arson. At the time of her arrest, Nobles was found to be in possession of a cigarette lighter, which investigators believed was used to start the blaze.

 

Nobles was transported to the W.C.”Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center, where she was held without bond on 1 count of arson.

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JEFF CO: MAN CAUGHT ON VIDEO HIDING CONTRABAND INSIDE WALLS OF JAIL

Photo's taken from video surveillance footage of suspect smuggling contraband inside Jeff Co. Jail through outside walls.

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

JEFF CO: MAN CAUGHT ON VIDEO HIDING CONTRABAND INSIDE WALLS OF JAIL: Jefferson County, Arkansas - August 9, 2018 – Jail surveillance video captured a man stashing contraband in the exterior walls of the Jefferson County Jail (W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center).

 

“A review of video surveillance by jail staff revealed an unidentified man running along the sidewalk near the jail. The man was holding several unknown packages and what appeared to be a metal rod, which he used to carve out expansion foam between the concrete columns along the exterior walls of the jail” Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. said.

 

Although recorded on video surveillance, the suspect’s moves went undetected by the jails main control operator.

 

“Contraband not only threatens the safety and security of our jail for staff but also other detainees. It causes an increased risk to our staff and detainees. When the contraband is illegal drugs, that risk is even higher and the security of our facility has the potential to be compromised. These items can also easily become the catalyst for violence when they are used for bartering or when they are stolen by other detainees,” Woods said.

 

Furnishing contraband including drugs, weapons, and cellular telephones inside a detention or correctional facility is strictly prohibited. Pursuant to Arkansas law, furnishing or providing a weapon, intoxicating beverage, controlled substance, moneys, a cellular telephone or other communication device, the components of a cellular telephone or other communication device, or any other items that would facilitate an escape is a Class B felony and carries a minimum sentence of five years, but no more than 20 years.

 

Woods said that the sheriff’s office and the jails administrative staff have worked extremely hard over the years to implement new security protocols and systems to combat the issue with contraband being introduced into their detention facility. “We also recognize that criminals have 24-hours a day to come up with ways to counter our efforts. We remain dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of our jail and those who sworn to oversee its daily operations.”

 

Woods was very vocal in saying that detainees and/or individuals caught possessing or furnishing any prohibited items will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest intent of the law.

 

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspect shown in the jail video surveillance footage is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (870) 541-5496 Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or 24/7 at (870) 541-5300. Information can also be provided via email at tips@jeffcoso.org, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jcso1830, and Twitter @JeffCtySO. Caller's anonymity is guaranteed. A reward may be offered for information leading the arrest and/or conviction the suspect(s) in this case. 

 

 

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JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING DEATH OF HUSBAND SHOT BY WIFE

 

Patricia Hill, (left) and her husband, Frank Hill 

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING DEATH OF HUSBAND SHOT BY WIFE: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 28, 2018 – a Jefferson County woman has been charged with murder after her husband was found dead.

 

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. advised that 69-year-old Patricia Hill has been arrested and charged with capital murder after her husband, 65-year-old Frank Hill was found dead.

 

A dispatcher from Jefferson County’s Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association (MEAC) received a 911 call from Patricia Hill, who stated that she had shot her husband.

 

Deputies responded to 3801 Donaldson Lane in Jefferson County and found Patricia Hill standing in the front yard. Hill was immediately detained until investigators arrived on the scene. Meanwhile, the body of Frank Hill was located by deputies and investigators on the floor inside a utility shed on the property. Frank Hill had suffered at least two gunshot wounds to the upper and lower body.

 

Paramedics from the Emergency Ambulance Services, Incorporated (EASI) were notified and arrived on scene; however, Frank Hill was pronounced dead a short time later as a result of his injuries.

 

“Patricia Hill was transported by our criminal investigators to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, where a custodial interview was conducted after investigators advised Mrs. Hill of her constitutional rights. Mrs. Hill waived her rights and agreed to speak with investigators,” Major Woods said.

 

“During the interview, Mrs. Hill admitted to investigators that she arrived home and at some point walked to the utility shed on the property to confront her husband. Mrs. Hill told investigators that there had never been any physical altercations between her and her husband. However, Mrs. Hill stated that she disagreed with her husband’s purchase of video pornography via the television guide, which she cancelled upon discovering the purchase but Mr. Hill managed to place a subsequent order. Mrs. Hill stated that she entered the shed and asked her husband to leave but he refused. Mrs. Hill admitted that she then returned inside the residence, where she armed herself with a .22 caliber pistol. She went back to the shed a short time later, where she entered and shot her husband twice, striking him once in the leg and once in the head. Immediately following the shooting, Mrs. Hill stated that she returned inside the residence, where she returned the weapon and called 911 to report the shooting.”

Patricia Hill is currently being held at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center without bond on felony probable cause for capital murder in the shooting death of her husband. Hill will remain in custody pending the scheduling of her first court appearance.

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AMNESTY DAYS OFFERED BY COURT

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

AMNESTY DAYS OFFERED BY COURT: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 23, 2018 – Individuals that have unpaid fines can avoid a jail stay through a limited time offer by the Honorable Judge Kim Bridgforth, Jefferson County Division 1 District Judge through a program called "Amnesty Days".  It is estimated that there are hundreds of outstanding warrants for people who failed to appear for court dates, or have overdue fines and costs to pay for misdemeanor offenses in district court.

 

“Beginning Wednesday, July 25th – 27th 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., people will have yet another opportunity to resolve unpaid fines and costs without the fear of being arrested at work, home or during a traffic stop as a result of the issuance of a warrant,” Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. said.  "Our office is working in conjunction with Judge Bridgforth and her court staff as part of “Amnesty Days.”

 

Amnesty Days was last offered in 2017 and included the following:

Dismissal of misdemeanor arrest warrants Misdemeanor traffic violations Misdemeanor hot check violations Resetting of court proceedings associated with warrants for arrest to include failure to appear and failure to comply

The Amnesty Program allows anyone with ACTIVE WARRANTS to come and pay on their fines without being arrested. The bench warrant fee will be dismissed and a court date will be given to set up a payment plan.

 

“It's beneficial for the county to collect the fines and it's equally beneficial for those who owe money to pay up and work towards clearing their record.  The opportunity to come in without fear of being arrested and be given a second chance does not come often. I believe the judicial system recognizes that sometimes people simply forget about fulfilling their obligations to the courts or just don’t have the money to satisfy their fines. However, in either of those situations, it is best those who find themselves in one or the other to speak with the court directly instead of ignoring the issue. The longer it lingers, the more expensive it gets and it just doesn’t go away."

 

People who do not take advantage of the offer may be subject to additional criminal charges and additional fines and costs for failure to appear in court, failure to obey a court order and/or fines and costs when the warrant is served.

 

 

For questions or more information, please contact

Division 1-Jefferson County District Court

Call (870) 541-4646

223 E. 3rd Avenue

Pine Bluff, AR 71601

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SHERIFF: THIEF STEALS PACKAGE OFF FRONT PORCH, CAUGHT ON CAMERA

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

SHERIFF: THIEF STEALS PACKAGE OFF FRONT PORCH, CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 19, 2018 – A homeowner's security cameras caught a thief stealing a package off his front porch Thursday evening at his residence near W. 12th Avenue and S. Bois D Arc Street in Pine Bluff, AR.

 

Anticipating the delivery, the victim said that he had initially waited for the package to be delivered but have to leave his residence for a brief moment. He returned to his house a short time later and learned through a conversation with a neighbor that the package had been delivered but was picked up by an unknown black male.

 

The victim checked his home security cameras and verified that the package had been delivered by carrier. The camera footage also showed an unknown black male arrive at the residence in what is believed to be a brown early model Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). The thief exited the SUV and walked up to the front porch of the residence, where he proceeded to steal 50” Toshiba flat screen television in broad daylight.

"Some people make planned or targeted attacks in that they follow the delivery trucks to try to see what they are carrying and to see if anybody comes to the door," Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. said.  "We have also seen some random thefts where thieves either drive around various neighborhoods or simply travel on foot looking to capitalize on an opportunity. What is most important is to be on the lookout for your neighbors and watch your surroundings."

The sheriff’s office also said there are other ways to prevent package stealing.

"We recommend residents invest in a home surveillance video for the front of their home and even the rear," Major Woods said. "We also recommend that residents monitor online sales such as Ebay, Craigslist, and Facebook for potential stolen items. Its things like that that residents can do from home at their convenience to look for their items. Our agency and law enforcement agencies alike monitor these sites and other online platforms that offer goods for sale, but certainly the more eyes monitoring increasing the chances of recovery".

Anyone with information concerning this theft or the identity of the suspect is asked to call the non-emergency number (870) 541-5300 24/7 or directly to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (870) 541-5496 Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Information can also be shared via email at tips@jeffcoso.org, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jcso1830, and Twitter @JeffCtySO. Caller's anonymity is guaranteed.

 

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UPDATE: VEHICLE OF MURDERED FAULKNER COUNTY WOMEN LOCATED

Missing vehicle of Elvia Fragstein (Photo: KATV Channel 7 News)

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

UPDATE: VEHICLE OF MURDERED FAULKNER COUNTY WOMEN LOCATED: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 17, 2018 –The missing vehicle belonging to 71-year-old homicide victim Elvia Fragstein has been found.

 

Fragstein’s body on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 was initially found by a motorist in a wooded area along Gibb Anderson Road in Jefferson County. However, Fragstein’s vehicle, a silver Honda CRV with Arkansas license plate 453 TGO was still missing.

 

18-year-old Tacori D Mackrel and a 16-year-old juvenile were both arrested and charged in connection with Fragstein’s disappearance. The juvenile was transported from Jefferson County to Faulkner County on yesterday, while Mackrel awaits transport. Both will likely face additional charges pending formal filing by the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office working with Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Conway Police Department, and Pine Bluff Police began an immediate search for Fragstein’s vehicle.

Sometime following Fragstein’s death, her vehicle was driven to the 300 block of North Elm Street in Pine Bluff, where it was located this morning.

Fragstein’s vehicle has been secured for forensic processing.

“We thank the community for supporting the all the agencies search efforts,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

“This investigation thus far is an example of multiple agencies working together for one common interest, which is to bring individuals to justice and provide a sense of closure for a grieving family. The tragic kidnapping and death of Mrs. Fragstein’s was senseless and although arrests have been made, there are no winners here. Mrs. Fragstein is dead and her family is hurting today and will be for some time to come. Meanwhile, at least two young men have ruined their lives as a direct result of their own individual actions.”

 

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UPDATE: TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH DISAPPEARANCE OF FAULKNER COUNTY WOMAN

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

UPDATE: TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH DISAPPEARANCE OF FAULKNER COUNTY WOMAN: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 16, 2018 – Today, two arrests were made in connection with the disappearance of Elvia Fragstein, 71.

 

On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Fragstein’s body was discovered by a motorist while traveling along Gibb Anderson Road. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to the scene, as did the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. Fragstein’s body was sent to the state medical examiner, where an autopsy was performed and revealed that Fragstein died as a result of a homicide.

 

18-year-old Tacori D Mackrel and a 16-year-old juvenile were both arrested and charged with kidnapping and theft of property. The juvenile whose named is not disclosed will likely be charged as an adult pending a decision by the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

 

Custody of both suspects was transferred to Faulkner County by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, who has worked in conjunction with authorities from the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office and Conway Police Department during this investigation. Both suspects will remain in custody in Faulkner County pending a court appearance.

 

Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office will now serve as the lead agency on the investigation. Meanwhile, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will offer investigative assistance.

 

Fragstein’s vehicle, a silver Honda CRV bearing Arkansas license plate no. 453 TGO was last seen on or about July 7, 2018; however, is still missing.

 

The investigation into the kidnaping and death of Fragstein is still ongoing.  Anyone with information concerning this case or the whereabouts of the vehicle description above is asked to contact one of the following agencies:

Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department 501-450-4917

Conway Police Department 501-450-6120

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (Criminal Investigation Division) at (870) 329-5340 24/7 or (870) 541-5496 Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Information can also be provided via email at tips@jeffcoso.org, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jcso1830, and Twitter @JeffCtySO. Caller's anonymity is guaranteed.

Tacori Mackrel , 18

 

 

 

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UPDATE: BODY FOUND IN JEFF CO. IDENTIFIED AS MISSING FAULKNER COUNTY WOMAN

 

 

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

BODY FOUND IN JEFF CO. IDENTIFIED AS MISSING FAULKNER COUNTY WOMAN: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 13, 2018 – The body a Faulkner County woman who is believed to have been abducted from a T.J. Maxx store in Conway, AR was found in a wooded area along Gibb Anderson Road, just south of Grider Field Ladd Road in Jefferson County, Arkansas.

 

The body of 71-year-old Elvia Fragstein was discovered Wednesday by a motorist while traveling along Gibb Anderson Road. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to the scene, as did the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. Fragstein’s body was sent to the state medical examiner to determine identify along with how she died.

 

“An autopsy was performed and our agency has been provided with the results. However, all that we are able to confirm at this time is the manner (homicide) of Fragstein’s death,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. “Our investigators are still in the early stage of their investigation and it would be counter-productive to publicly discuss any further aspects of this case until we have exhausted all of our leads. Our agency is actively working Fragstein’s death as a homicide.”

 

Fragstein, who was driving a silver Honda CRV with Arkansas license plate no. 453 TGO was last seen on July 7, 2018 at T.J. Maxx store in Conway. Fragstein’s vehicle is still missing. 

 

Anyone with information concerning this case or the whereabouts of the vehicle description above is asked to contact Sergeant Terry Wingard of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at (870) 329-5340 24/7 or (870) 541-5496 Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Information can also be provided via email at tips@jeffcoso.org, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jcso1830, and Twitter @JeffCtySO. Caller's anonymity is guaranteed. A reward may be offered for information leading the arrest and/or conviction the suspect(s) in this case.

Elvia Fragstein, 71

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