Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Arkansas: Suspect Arrested in Disappearance of Real Estate Agent Beverly Carter, 49

According to The Associated Press and ReutersArron Michael Lewis, 33, was arrested Monday (September 29) in connection with the disappearance of real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49,  who disappeared last week, police said, while authorities continue to search for her. 

Lewis was seen at a west Little Rock bus stop and called police. He had been named in  an an arrest warrant issued Sunday (September 28) on suspicion of kidnapping Ms. Carter. 
Lewis was being interviewed by sheriff's investigators Monday afternoon, according to Little Rock police Lt. Carl Minden. "He's talking, but we haven't located her yet," Minden said.
COMMENT: Carter had planned to show a house Thursday night (September 25) in Scott, a rural area east of Little Rock, but she never returned from the appointment. 

The search was proceeding Monday (September 29) in the same area, Minden said, in hopes of finding Carter alive.
"Until we know for sure one way or the other we're holding out hope," he said. "Right now our spirits are still high...that we will have a successful outcome."
Minden said authorities had "some obvious reasons" why they were looking in the area, even before speaking to Lewis, but would not give details. He also said authorities are not releasing details about how investigators identified Lewis as a suspect.
Lewis is on parole for previous convictions in Arkansas, Minden said.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.

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