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Independence Co. sheriff releases names in weekend deaths

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)

Update:  The names of two men found dead Saturday morning in Independence County have been released. 

Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery said Spencer Simpson and Thaddeaus Watkins were found inside a Bethesda home.

No further information about the investigation has been released.

Stay with Region 8 News for more updates on this breaking news story. As we get additional details, we will pass them along.


The Independence County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of two people Saturday morning.

According to Sheriff Steve Jefferey, two men, who he said are in their early 20s, were reported dead in the small community of Bethesda, northwest of Batesville.

Jefferey could not elaborate on the details of the investigation and would not give details on how the two individuals died. Jefferey would only state that detectives are investigating.

He said the two bodies are being taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy to figure out the cause of death. 

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