Authorities in Faulkner County are piecing together a strange story after a man was found shot to death in a bathtub on Monday morning near Quitman.
The Arkansas State Police issued a BOLO for a possible murder suspect in Faulkner County just after 9 a.m.
Shortly after, a woman with minor injuries was discovered in a field behind an elementary school in Greenbrier.
Faulkner County Sheriff’s Maj. Andy Shock said police received a 9-1-1 call around 5:34 a.m. from a man who said he and other family members were concerned about the welfare of his son after receiving a bizarre text message from the son’s girlfriend. The man’s name was not released due to the ongoing investigation, Shock said, but the next of kin had been notified.
Shock said the father went to his son’s residence, where he contacted authorities after finding a broken front door latch and no vehicles at the residence, which Shock described as "odd" for that time of day.
Deputies discovered the man’s son naked and dead in the bathtub, having suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest.
A .40 caliber pistol was located in the home, and authorities have ruled out suicide as a possible cause of death. Shock said there was nothing at the scene that indicated that the man was in the middle of taking a bath at the time of his death and there were no signs of struggle.
Investigators were able to determine the location of the woman in the field behind Eastside Elementary School. Police and deputies used school property to gain access to the woman, who was discovered "incoherent," with minor injuries including scratches, Shock said.
Investigators are still working to determine how the woman got there.
Greenbrier Superintendent Scott Spainhour told concerned parents that students were not in any danger and the school was not on lockdown.
The woman was transported by MEMS to a local hospital for medical treatment and was being questioned by authorities at an undisclosed location around 1:45 p.m. She had not been arrested or charged, Shock said, nor is she considered a suspect at this time. Both of the victims are described as young adults in their early 20’s. A minor child, the daughter of the woman, is in the custody of the Department of Human Services.
Over a dozen interviews had been conducted throughout the morning hours, with agencies including the Arkansas State Police and the US Marshals Service assisting in the investigation.
Authorities are searching for a male person of interest whom Shock described as "an acquaintance" of both of the victims and is known to have had a recent verbal altercation with the male victim.
Investigators say the incident is most likely domestic in nature, and they have no reason to believe the incident was tied to drugs.
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