JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Randy Pixler said Tuesday that the death of his mother Sunday night was hard to handle.
"How did it come to this? I just don't understand," Pixler told Region 8 News about the death of Loretta Pixler.
Police found Loretta Pixler's vehicle abandoned on Highway 14 in Poinsett County - three to five miles from where authorities found her body on I-555 near Payneway. Jonesboro police said this week someone robbed and kidnapped her at the Dollar Tree on Red Wolf Boulevard. As of Tuesday night, police had no suspects in the woman's death.
Randy Pixler, who attends Harding University in Searcy, asked the person responsible for his mother's death to surrender.
"I hope that you turn yourself in and just know that what you did there's going to be a three-year-old little girl that's going to grow up without her mom," Pixler said.
Pixler said his mother would not hurt anyone and that she was proud of him.
In Payneway, residents there are nervous about what happened Sunday night.
Louis Gardner said he believed the person responsible might still be in the area.
"You can just lay down, and no one can see you out there in that cornfield it's a possibility. I'm not saying he is and I'm not saying he's not, but it's a big possibility that he could still be out there in that cornfield. You know, so it's got me on my edge," Gardner told Region 8 News.
However, Gardner said he's not losing sleep, but he's sleeping a little less sound after hearing the news that hit so close to home.
Pixler said he would work to honor his mother's memory.
"I'm going to try to finish college for her because I know she would want me to," Pixler said.
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