Missing woman’s death no longer ruled suspicious

Louise Mary Beard Provided by Arkansas State Police
Louise Mary Beard Provided by Arkansas State Police

WEINER, AR (KAIT) – A Region 8 woman missing since 5pm Sunday night has been found dead in eastern in Craighead County.

Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann tells Region 8 News that after investigation, his investigators believe Louise Mary Beard died of hypothermia, and her death is no longer ruled suspicious.

"This lady was reported missing this morning from Poinsett County in the Weiner area. A local pilot saw the car and the lady's body next to it, reported it to the Monette Police Department and they called us," said McCann.

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.

"My information is she was last seen at Sonic on Gee Street. A lady took her to Highway 1, showed her how to get back home and the next thing you know, she's over here east of Black Oak," said McCann.

The Weiner Police Department and Arkansas State Police issued a Silver Alert Monday morning hoping to find Beard.

Police say she was last seen leaving a motel on Gee Street around 5pm Sunday evening. Police say she asked someone for directions to Harrisburg Road, and that was the last anyone saw of her.

A pilot found Beard's car at the end of Highway 502 around Noon Monday.

McCann said Beard's body has been sent to the state crime lab to confirm the cause of death.

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