AUGUST 20, 2004 - Posted at 7:47 a.m. CDT
MARION, AR - Prosecutors are to take another look at the case against a woman charged with kidnapping in the disappearance of a 7-year-old girl who has now been found dead.
Patricia Ann Miles vanished Sunday. She was found dead last night at the edge of a bean field in Mississippi County, not far from where her bicycle and shoes were found days earlier.
Family friend Jo Ann Buchanan was arrested on a kidnapping charge Monday. Buchanan is being held in the Crittenden County jail in Marion on a $1 million bond. Her family insists she is innocent.
Witnesses have said they saw the girl get into a van with Buchanan Sunday morning and later saw Buchanan take the girl's bicycle from the van in a rural area north of Gilmore.
Buchanan has refused to cooperate with police. There have been some unsubstantiated reports that the girl's disappearance and probable kidnapping may have been part of a plot to extort money from her family.