Authorities Investigating Possible Link Between Murders of Elderly Woman and Gilmore Child

AUGUST 24, 2004 - Posted at 7:14 a.m. CDT

GILMORE, AR - Investigators returned to Gilmore yesterday to look into the death of 7-year-old Patricia Ann Miles.  Officials have released no new details of the investigation into her death.  Patricia was kidnapped last week and her body was found at the edge of a soybean field Thursday, five days after she was abducted.  A family friend who sometimes babysat her, Jo Ann Buchanan, remained at the county jail in Marion on $1 million bond for kidnapping.

The child's funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

Assistant prosecuting attorney Boone Nance said no additional charges were filed yesterday.  Officials are awaiting a formal determination of cause of death from the state Crime Laboratory.

Investigators are also trying to determine if the child was killed in Crittenden County or adjacent Mississippi County, where her body was found.  K8 News also confirmed yesterday that Mississippi County investigators are looking into the possibility of a link between the girl's death and that of 81-year-old Elsie Johnson, a murder victim whose body was found in a field near Denwood, approximately one mile from the location where Miles' body was found Thursday evening.  The sites where both bodies were found are each located on the same tract of land owned by Lamar Oakes of Denwood.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)