Stone County Man Brutally Murdered, Three in Custody

MOUNTAIN VIEW, AR (KAIT) - A young man is found dead in Stone County in what police describe as a brutal murder.

Kagen Futrell, 19,  a resident of Stone County, reportedly went missing between Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.  His family reported him missing Thursday but it was late Friday that his body was discovered by investigators.

The young man was found beaten and stabbed to death in a wooded area off Parma Road.

Police have arrested three men in connection with the murder.  19-year old Michael Blackford and 34-year old David Tidwell, both Stone County residents, and 26-year old Steven Carpenter of Fulton County are all in custody.

The case will be turned over to the 16th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Don McSpadden for formal charges.  No word yet on what those charges may be.

Police also believe that a white 1993 Ford minivan found within a few miles of the body may have been used in connection with the murder.  The minivan was apparently stolen from the Pine Wood Cabins in Mountain View the same night that Futrell went missing.