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Missing woman's death no longer ruled suspicious

Louise Beard     Provided by Arkansas State Police Louise Beard Provided by Arkansas State Police
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WEINER, AR (KAIT) – A Region 8 woman missing since 5pm Sunday night has been found dead in eastern in Craighead County.

According to the Craighead County Sheriff's Department, 75-year-old Louise Mary Beard was found dead just south of Black Oak off Highway 502 in the Cocklebur Ditch.

Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann tells Region 8 News that after investigation, his investigators believe Beard died of hypothermia. Sheriff McCann says they believe Beard got lost trying to get home, crashed her car in the Cocklebur Ditch, and then slipped and hit her head when she exited the car.

Deputies say Beard had head trauma which at first led them to investigate as a suspicious death, but police believe now it was due to hitting her head as she fell from the car. Beard's body was found by a farmer who was flying overhead and noticed the car.

Police say Beard suffered from dementia, and Alzheimer's.

The Weiner Police Department and Arkansas State Police issued a Silver Alert Monday morning for Beard after she was reported missing by her husband.

According to the Weiner Police Department, Beard was last seen leaving a motel on Gee Street in Jonesboro around 5pm Sunday evening.  Police say Beard asked someone for directions on how to get to Harrisburg Road near the Sonic on Gee Street.

That was the last time anyone saw Beard.

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WEINER, AR (KAIT) – A Silver Alert has been issued by Arkansas State Police in the search for an elderly woman with slight dementia and Alzheimer's.

According to Weiner Police Chief Rolland Geror, Louise Beard, 75, was reported missing this morning by her husband. Geror said Beard has not been seen since 5:00 Sunday evening.

Beard was last seen leaving a motel on Gee Street in Jonesboro on her way back to Weiner. Police say she asked someone for directions on how to get to Harrisburg Road near the Sonic on Gee Street Sunday night.

Beard is a white woman, 5'3", 178 pounds with gray/silver hair. She was last seen in Jonesboro Sunday night. She was last seen wearing a blue top with brown pants.

Geror said Beard was driving a red 1999 Oldsmobile 88, four-door vehicle. The vehicle has handicap tags and the tag number is 137-968.

If you have any information as to Beard's whereabouts, contact the Weiner Police Department at 870-684-2284 or your local police department.

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