Body of missing woman found in Walmart parking lot

Body of missing woman found in Walmart parking lot
Erin Dowdy (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The search for a missing Region 8 woman came to an end Wednesday afternoon.

Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd told Region 8 News the body of 21-year-old Erin M. Dowdy was found in her car in the parking lot of the Walmart on Parker Road in Jonesboro.

Relatives said they hadn't seen her since Oct. 3.

Dowdy was entered into the National Crime Information Center as a missing person Tuesday afternoon.

According to Sheriff Boyd, the search for Dowdy led them to the Walmart where they found her white Ford Focus. Her body was inside.

Friends and relatives were concerned for Dowdy, who had a history of huffing hairspray. They thought that she might have been abusing the inhalants again.

Sheriff Boyd says cans of hairspray were found in the vehicle along with the body.

Despite that evidence, the official cause of death has not been determined.

Her body will be sent to a coroner who will then decide if it needs to be sent for an autopsy.

Foul play is not suspected.

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