Three in family dead, child missing in Polk County | Arkansas Blog

Friday, April 28, 2017

Three in family dead, child missing in Polk County

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:47 AM

click to enlarge missing.jpg

Two children are missing and their mother and a relative have been found dead this week in Polk County, local authorities say in  a report by 40/29 TV.

The body of Bethany Jo Wester, 43, of Mena was found Tuesday in a creek near Cove. Her death is considered a homicide, the sheriff's office said. The body of a male relative was found Thursday in a house near Hatfield.

Missing are Wester's children, Acelyn Wester, 2, and her brother Reilly Scarbrough, 9. They were last seen Sunday in Mena. They are identified as "critically missing," meaning authorities fear they may be in danger. To date, authorities haven't identified a specific link, if any, between the deaths and the missing children.

An extensive search for the children is in progress.

UPDATE: the two-year-old's body has been found. Search continues for her brother.


The Polk County Pulse this morning reported additional details in the case. It said the man found in the home in Hatfield was Steven J. Payne, 66. His death, too, is considered a homicide. He is Wester's uncle.

click to enlarge TRAVIS
  • TRAVIS
Additionally, Pulse Multi-Media said that Brian Bliss Travis, 37, reported to be a boyfriend of Wester, had been arrested on unrelated charges Wednesday, including possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tags: , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

    What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.
    • Apr 27, 2017

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation