July 30, 2003 - Posted at: 9:30 p.m. CDT
POCAHONTAS, Ark. -- Five years to the day that an entire Dalton, Ark., family was killed, KAIT has confirmed that multiple arrests have been made in the case.
Randolph County Sheriff Brent Early told KAIT early Wednesday evening that his department had made "multiple arrests" in the 1998 murders of Carl, Lisa, Gregory, and Felicia Elliot, but would not provide details.
Early said that he planned to call a press conference Thursday. He did say later Wednesday night that one of the individuals arrested for the murders was already in custody in Randolph County Wednesday.
"We have three people in custody at this time," Early said. "No formal charges have been filed at this time. We did extensive interviews tonight."
Twenty-seven-year-old Lisa Elliot and her six-year-old son Gregory, were found beaten to death at their home in Dalton. Two days later, her husband, Carl Elliot, was found in the Eleven Point River with a gunshot wound to the head. It was not until two years later that the remains of Elliot's daughter, 8-year-old Felicia, were found.
"Right now we're looking at (filing charges of) four counts of capital murder, and one count of kidnapping," Early said.
Five years ago, Carl Elliot's sister, Kathy Hart, received a phone call telling her that her sister had been killed. Wednesday night, a phone call from Early brought Hart some good news.
"I didn't think it would feel this way," Hart said. "I thought that it would just bring more pain.
"I am very happy, very proud, of the officers, the new Sheriff. We've waited five years. Five years of no sleep."
Hart had one more thought on those she believes killed her relatives: "God's vengeance is going to be on them."
The Elliots' case has gone through two other sheriff's and four prosecutors in the last five years. Over 300 pieces of evidence have been collected in the case.
"The prosecutor and I took over this case in January," Early said. "He and I have, along with the Arkansas State Police, have been working on this diligently.