Homicide investigation on Ashley 16

Officers with the Ashley County Sheriff's Department and the Arkansas State Police stand Thursday at the location where a body was discovered on Ashley 16. Ashley County Sheriff Tommy Sturgeon said the matter is being investigated as a homicide. (VERSHAL HOGAN/News Observer)

Ashley County Sheriff Tommy Sturgeon said his office has arrested one suspect and he expects others arrests will follow in connection with the death of a minor whose body was found on Ashley 16 Thursday morning.

Sturgeon declined to release the name of the suspect but said he would do so in a news release in the coming hours. The sheriff had previously said that the victim had apparent gunshot wounds.

 “At least two others were involved,” Sturgeon said. “We are still working to get to the bottom of it.”

The victim was located on the roadway, which — being unpaved — was wet and muddy Thursday morning. He had multiple apparent gunshot wounds.

“I don’t have much to tell you right now other than we are investigating it as quickly as we can,” Sturgeon said. 

As of Friday morning, officials had not determined if the victim was killed at the scene or another location, but Sturgeon said it his opinion the victim was killed at the scene. 

“Right now, I don’t have any reason to believe otherwise, but there is a whole lot that we just don’t know right now,” Sturgeon said.

While the victim appeared to have gunshot wounds, Sturgeon said he couldn’t say much more than that until autopsy results were in. 

Sturgeon said his office would release more information as soon as it could, but with an investigation pending that was all he was willing to share publicly at this time.

“We still have a lot of ground to cover with this investigation, but we hope to get to the bottom of it as quickly as we can,” he said.

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