JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police hope surveillance video will help them find the man who robbed and kidnapped a store manager later found dead on the highway. Police also learned Thursday that the state Crime Lab found some evidence inside the car of Loretta Pixler.
Police released the video Thursday afternoon. It shows Loretta Pixler's black Hyundai leaving the Dollar Tree store parking lot Sunday night with her abductor. A short time later, a silver passenger car follows Pixler's car.
"We did find a vehicle that appears to pass nearby the Dollar Tree just before this happens," JPD Captain Lynn Waterworth said. "We think there's a possibility, a strong possibility, that this vehicle could somehow be involved. Now, what that involvement is, as far as were they specifically involved in contact with the suspect or being with the suspect, or were they maybe somebody who was right there right as this is about to unfold, we're not sure. That's why we're trying to determine that now."
Jonesboro police would like to speak with the owner of that second vehicle in hopes it will help them solve the kidnapping and death of Pixler.
"You can tell that it's a small, silver car or light-colored at the very least. What we've done is try to burn that video. It's not really super video because it's not intended for the parking lot necessarily," Captain Waterworth said.
Anyone with information that can help police identify the car or the driver should call the Jonesboro Police Department at 870-935-5657. They can also report his identity or location anonymously through Crimestoppers by calling 870-935-STOP (7867).
Around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, an armed man robbed Pixler, an assistant manager, and another employee as they left the Dollar Tree store, 2917 E. Nettleton Ave.
After robbing the pair and stealing the coworker's cell phone, the man forced Pixler into her car and drove away with her.
A short time later, her body was found on Interstate 555 near the Payneway exit. Police discovered her car in a ditch on Highway 14, about three to five miles away.
Pixler's body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. Her car was also sent to the lab for examination. Police say it may be several days before they receive the preliminary results. However, Captain Waterworth said crime lab officials have confirmed they have been able to pull some evidence already.
"They're being very diligent in working with this case and the vehicle involved in it. They have developed some prints and will continue to work on this vehicle, look for DNA, look for other prints and try to go forward from there," Captain Waterworth said.
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