Fisherman’s sonar discovers car in Little River; dive team finds second vehicle possibly connected to missing persons case

Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 4:46 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2022 at 11:02 AM CDT
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HEMPSTEAD COUNTY, Ark. (KSLA) - The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation after a vehicle was found in Little River near the Allen’s Ferry boat launch near Fulton, Ark.

Officials say a fisherman with sonar detected the vehicle and reported it to deputies. Hempstead and Miller County fire department dive teams responded to the scene. The teams located the vehicle, along with a second vehicle.

At this time, both vehicles are out of the water. Officials say the second vehicle may possibly be connected to a missing persons investigation out of Hope, according to a tip from years ago.

However, on Thursday, June 23, the medical examiner says no human remains were found in either vehicle.

Officials say no evidence has been obtained as to the owner of the first vehicle. They say the vehicle was so deteriorated that it broke into two pieces after being pulled from the water. After searching the vehicle, no human remains were found.

Investigators search vehicle pulled from Little River.
Investigators search vehicle pulled from Little River.(Hempstead County Sheriff's Office)

The second vehicle was towed to the sheriff’s impound yard so investigators could begin processing it. At this time, no evidence has been discovered to support human remains being in the second vehicle, a 1989 Toyota. Investigators were able to determine the Toyota was last registered in 1991.

The incident remains under investigation.

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