Truck Driver Arrested in Death of South Arkansas Teenager

SEPTEMBER 29, 2006 - Posted at 8:06 a.m. CDT

DUMAS, AR - A 46-year-old truck driver from McGehee was arrested yesterday in the death of Casey Crowder, a 17-year-old girl who was killed after running out of gas on U.S. 65.

Desha County Sheriff-elect Jim Snyder says Kenneth Osburn was arrested on suspicion of capital murder and kidnapping.  Osborn is scheduled to be arraigned at 10 a.m. this morning in Arkansas City.

Authorities still refused to release how Crowder died.

Snyder says it's unknown whether Crowder and Osborn knew each other.  He said DNA evidence and interviews with residents led to Osburn's arrest.

Crowder disappeared during the early-morning hours of August 27 after running out of gas on U.S. 65 at Dumas while returning home to Pine Bluff from her boyfriend's house at Pickens.

Crowder was a senior at Watson Chapel High School.  Her vehicle was found on the highway within walking distance of a gas station.  According to police, the gas tank was empty.  Her purse and cell phone were gone but a softball bat and glove were in the car.

Searchers include a number of volunteers and officers from other law enforcement agencies spent six days looking for Crowder before finding the body on September 2.

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