Suspect Arrested in Slaying of Phillips County Sheriff's Secretary

APRIL 1, 2004 - Posted at 7:42 a.m. CDT

HELENA, AR - The Phillips County Sheriff's Department says an arrest has been made in the slaying of the department's secretary.

Authorities say 59-year-old Nerme "Jean" Lindell was kidnapped from her home in Helena on Tuesday evening.  Her body was found just outside the West Helena city limits.  Lindell had been shot to death.

A Phillips County sheriff's dispatcher said this morning that an arrest had been made.  The name of the suspect and other information has not yet been released.

Sheriff Ronnie White says there was a witness to the shooting.

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