Daughter charged with murder of Batesville woman

Linda Jo Stingley (Source: Independence County Sheriff’s Department)
Linda Jo Stingley (Source: Independence County Sheriff’s Department)

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) – The daughter of a deceased Batesville woman has been charged with murder.

On Friday, first degree murder charges were file against Jerrie Lyn Acklin, 40, in the death of Linda Jo Stingley, according to the Independence County Sheriff's Department. Acklin is Stingley's daughter.

According to Sheriff Steve Jeffery, the remains Stingley, 65, were found Thursday in a rural wooded area just outside of Malvern, about two hours away from Batesville.

Lt. Mike Mundy with the Criminal Investigation Division said the case quickly turned from a missing persons investigation to a murder when police found some of Stingley's personal items in Bryant.

"We were advised that credit cards were used in various places and credit cards were found being discarded in various places, which eventually led us to being able to locate her," Mundy said. "We hope to within the next 24 to 48 hours to actually have someone charged with the crime."

Stingley was last seen Monday around 9 p.m. leaving work at the Eagle Mountain Assisted Living Center in Batesville. That entire community is shaken by the news of her death.

"We certainly know she's going to be missed," Stingley's boss Ted Hall said. "It's just one big family. You care for those people there so if you don't have a heart for those kind of folks, then you shouldn't be there. But she did have that."

Stingley worked as a part-time nurse at the center.

"She was a really nice lady and everybody liked her," Hall said.

Stingley's body was sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

A cash bond for Acklin was set at $500,000. She is currently in the Independence County Jail.

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