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Blytheville PD arrest 1, searching for other in shooting death

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Jimmy Northern (Source: Blytheville Police Department) Jimmy Northern (Source: Blytheville Police Department)
Rodney Willis (Source: Blytheville Police Department) Rodney Willis (Source: Blytheville Police Department)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) – Blytheville Police have arrested one man and are looking for another in the shooting death of Thomas David Essig.

According to Blytheville Police, Essig, 23, was found dead from apparent gunshot wounds in the yard of True Gospel Missionary Church on West Rose Street, on December 1.

Police interviewed several people identifying 43-year-old Jimmy Northern as the shooting suspect. Police found Northern already in jail on unrelated charges. He was arraigned on murder in the first degree and possession of a firearm by a certain person. His bond was set at $240,000.

Police are also searching for 17-year-old Rodney Willis in connection to the murder.

Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Blytheville Police Department at 870-763-4411 or 870-762-0400. All tips are kept confidential.

Region 8 News will continue to track this case, and bring you any new details as soon as they become available.

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