GREENE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - The Arkansas State Crime Lab identified the remains of a body found earlier this month as those from a Paragould man, according to Greene County Sheriff Steve Franks.
Franks said in a media release to Region 8 News that the remains were identified through DNA.
“The Arkansas State Crime Lab has confirmed, through DNA, that the body found in Oak Grove on September 5, 2020 belongs to one Dale W. Jackson, 38 years old of Paragould, AR,” Franks said in the statement. “The investigation is ongoing and currently awaiting the toxicology report to be completed by the Arkansas State Crime Lab. We will continue to update the public as the investigation continues to unfold."
The remains, according to a social media post, were discovered Saturday, Sept. 5, around 4:55 p.m. on Lee Street in Oak Grove.
Sheriff Steve Franks told Region 8 News that a person was mowing their yard when they “saw something from a distance.” When the person got a little closer, they “noticed tennis shoes and clothing.”
That’s when the person called 911.
A deputy called to the scene found the remains in a small overgrown area behind a home.
The Greene County Coroner’s Office removed the remains and sent them to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock for autopsy to determine the identification and cause of death.
At the time, Sheriff Franks said no missing person’s reports have been filed in the county in the past month. They are currently reviewing older reports.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Division and the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating.