Authorities have identified the body that was found in the Cadron Creek on Tuesday as 60-year-old William Ray Holt.

Holt, a homeless man out of Little Rock, was identified at the Arkansas State Crime Lab on Wednesday.

Faulkner County Sheriff's Office spokesman Erinn Stone confirmed Wednesday evening that Holt's death is being investigated as a homicide.

"This investigation is being worked as a homicide," she said, noting Holt's body appeared to have suffered trauma before he died. "The body was taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab this [Wednesday] morning, awaiting further investigation."

The sheriff's office was first alerted Tuesday evening of a body being located in the East Fork Cadron Creek.

When deputies arrived on scene at the East Fork Cadron Creek along Highway 287 near the Holland community around 8 p.m. Tuesday, authorities soon began searching the nearby area for evidence.

Chief Deputy Matt Rice said investigators continued searching the area though the night hours.

Investigators remained on scene throughout the day Wednesday as they diligently searched for anything of "evidential value."

"We were up all night [seraching]. Some of us got an hour or two of sleep, but we're going to stay out until we at least identify him," Rice told the Log Cabin Democrat on scene just a few hours before Holt's body was identified. "If we have any leads, obviously we're going to roll with them. We're doing everything we can within our power to figure out what happened to this guy."

As county investigators searched the lands in the nearby area surrounding the creek, rescue divers with the Conway Fire Department took to the waters.

"We've got divers in the water right now looking for anything since the body was found in the water," Rice said Wednesday morning. "We're searching the water to see if there's anything of evidential value. We're not looking for anything in particular, just anything of value."

Stone said the sheriff's office will continue investigating this matter in an attempt to seek justice on Holt's behalf.

At this time, because the investigation remains active, the sheriff's office will only release a limited amount of information regarding the events and evidence surrounding this case, she said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Investigator Johnny Fowlkes at 501-358-5906. Tips can also be submitted anonymously online under the Crime Tips tab on the sheriff's office website at

The Log Cabin will continue following this story as details become available.