Packets containing forged documents that were mailed as part of a plot to derail sheriff’s Maj. Andy Shock’s political campaign are now at the state Crime Laboratory for fingerprint analysis.
Shock, one of four Republican candidates for Faulkner County sheriff, was named as the father of a Texarkana woman’s child on a fake birth certificate that was mailed to as many as 20 local residents. Included in the packets, which were mailed about two weeks ago from Hooks, Texas, was a forged legal notice pertaining to supposed child support payments.
Federal Postal Inspector David Barrett said Friday that he is hopeful that the crime lab will have results from the analysis within a month.
"We received enough of the [packets] to be able to send them to the crime lab," Barrett said, adding that other recipients of the packets "are contacting me slowly but surely." He asked previously for anyone who received a packet to come forward so he could collect as many packets as possible.
"Everyone has been very helpful in this investigation," Barrett acknowledged.
He is now "pursuing leads," Barrett said Friday, and cannot comment on the status of the investigation.
Shock, who is on leave from the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office while campaigning, said he is "letting the people who are investigating do their job."
"As hard as it is because of what I’ve been doing my adult life, I’m playing the victim here and not investigating this," he said.
The other GOP candidates for sheriff are Tim Ryals, Max Young and H. Allen Smith. All of the candidates except Smith are from Conway. He is from Greenbrier.
The winner of the GOP primary will face Democrat Tommy Earnhart of Conway in the November general election. Sheriff Karl Byrd is not seeking re-election.
Early voting for the May 22 primary election begins May 7. If a runoff is required, it will be decided June 12.
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