One man is in custody after a woman was found dead in her back yard near Greenbrier early Saturday morning.
Lt. Matt Rice of the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office said detectives were notified early Saturday morning that 26-year-old Michelle Asher, 16 D Fox Run Lane, Greenbrier, was found laying in her back yard with multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso.
Asher was found by a family friend, according to Faulkner County Coroner Patrick Moore.
Moore said a preliminary examination indicated Asher died from excessive bleeding from the wounds. Moore said Asher was pronounced dead at 9:04 a.m.
Rice said White County authorities arrested Ronald Adrian Britton, 34, no address available, in El Paso at about noon Saturday without incident.
According to Rice, Asher and Britton had some sort of relationship, though he didn't know if that relationship had ended.
Britton is being held at Faulkner County Unit II on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Rice said detectives developed leads about Britton and his whereabouts through interviews with Asher's family and other sources.
Rice said detectives do have evidence, including the weapon they think was used in the crime.
Britton will appear before a judge for a probable cause hearing Monday, Rice said.
Rice said Britton didn't have a known address. "He's sort of a floater," Rice said. "He lives here a little and in White County, in Beebe, a little."
Asher's family said she had been missing for about 24 hours when a family friend went to the residence and found her body lying in the back yard, according to Moore. The friend then notified authorities.
Asher's body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy, and Moore said he anticipates an initial report by Monday afternoon.
Moore said the family was making arrangements with Bishop Griffin Funeral Home in Greenbrier.
Asher is the daughter of Gary and Lori Cummings of Greenbrier.