Online records show that authorities were called out three times June 18 to conduct welfare checks at a Club Lane residence where a Conway couple was later found shot to death.
Conway police confirmed Wednesday the couple died as a result of a murder-suicide.
A search warrant affidavit filed in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Friday reveals authorities were called to the Dodd home three times before finding the couple dead.
The Conway Police Department was first dispatched to the 314 Club Lane home at 10:39 a.m. June 18 but officers were unable to make contact with either of the residents — Madison and Shelby Dodd — and said there was “nothing out of the ordinary,” according to the affidavit.
At 12:10 p.m., police received a second welfare check request regarding the residence in question.
“Officer Dennis Robertson walked [the] perimeter [of the home] again with negative contact and nothing out of the ordinary,” the affidavit reads in part.
Hours later, one of Shelby’s friends called police a third time.
The third welfare check request was made at 3:09 p.m.
“The friend told officers the couple was in the middle of a break-up and she was concerned for Shelby’s welfare,” CPD spokesman LaTresha Woodruff previously told the Log Cabin Democrat. “After making several failed attempts to contact Madison and Shelby, at the request of a family member, officers ended the house through an unlocked door around 3 p.m.”
The family member who was on scene let authorities know the front door of the home was unlocked and urged officers to go inside. According to the search warrant affidavit, it appeared Shelby was at the residence because her vehicle was parked in the driveway and her purse was sitting “in plain view.”
Officers Don Newton and Matthew Boyd acted on the family’s request and went inside the Dodd’s home.
Once inside the Club Lane residence, the officers found a shell casing underneath a locked bedroom door. This finding led to the discovery of the couple’s dead bodies, according to the affidavit.
“The bedroom door to the right was locked,” the affidavit reads in part. “Officer Newton knelt down and looked underneath the bottom of the door into the room. He observed a shell casing on the floor just inside the door.”
After officer Newton found the shell casing, officer Boyd “used his multi-tool to unlock the for and entry was made.”
Shelby’s body was lying on the floor and Madison was lying on the bed and “clutching a black handgun.”
“Detectives with Conway police believe their deaths are a result of a murder-suicide,” Woodruff said. “Evidence points to Madison Dodd shooting his wife and turning the gun on himself.”
A district judge signed off on the search warrant on June 18 and officers immediately returned to the home to begin collecting evidence from the Club Lane residence.
A search warrant inventory list indicates police were onsite conducting the search warrant from 5:11-9:46 p.m.
Of the items collected from the house included a 9mm Beretta pistol and six Luger casings as well as a plastic Beretta carry case and an Academy Sports receipt for the firearm’s purchase.
Two iPhones and two bullet fragments as well as an “intact bullet found in [a] pillow” were also collected from the scene.
Police noted that two laptops, a wallet and a purse were also seized as evidence.
The couple's bodies were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for autopsies on Wednesday.
The Log Cabin reached out to Woodruff on Monday for information regarding the crime lab's findings but did not receive a response by press time.