A Union County man was arrested on a charge of capital murder following a chase that traveled through western Ashley County and ended in a wreck on Highway 52 Tuesday evening.
The victim in the case, Sheila Jones-Courtney, was also from Union County.
A news release from the Union County Sheriff’s Office said that UCSO responded to a call of a possible armed kidnapping in El Dorado.
The suspect, Robert Courtney, was reportedly driving a black Dodge Challenger, and as the UCSO searched for the vehicle, officials reached out to Ashley County and state law enforcement to be on the look out for the vehicle.
After the vehicle entered Ashley County, deputies and state troopers tried to initiate a stop and Courtney allegedly fled, leading law enforcement officers on a chase along U.S. 82 until it reached Fairview Road, Ashley County Sheriff Tommy Sturgeon said.
From there, the suspect traveled through North Crossett and was just west of the Crossett Municipal Airport on Highway 52 when he crashed his vehicle in the ditch along the roadside.
Though Robert Courtney had allegedly kidnapped Sheila Jones-Courtney earlier in the afternoon, she was not with him at the time of the wreck. In an interview at the Ashley County Detention Center, Robert Courtney reportedly confessed that he had killed Sheila, the news release said.
He later led investigators to her body, which was located in woods south of Huttig.
In addition to the murder charge, Robert Courtney may face charges from other jurisdictions. The Arkansas State Police are leading the investigation.