Body identified in burnt-out vehicle found in Craighead County

Updated: Sep. 22, 2020 at 5:17 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Authorities have identified the body of a man found over the weekend inside a burnt-out vehicle in Craighead County.

According to Craighead County Chief Deputy Justin Rolland, the Arkansas State Crime Lab identified the body as Homer Eugene Hallett, 80.

Hallett’s body was found inside the vehicle Saturday afternoon. Officials later sent the body to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock for an autopsy.

Rolland said deputies found the body after responding to a vehicle fire with a person inside on County Road 331 around 11:23 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

Rolland said when deputies arrived at the scene, they found a person inside the vehicle. In addition to deputies, Bono police and first responders went to the scene.

The Craighead County Coroner’s office also responded to the scene.

Investigators are attempting to find out what happened.

Rolland said the cause of death was still under investigation and that officials believe it may be a week or so to determine the cause of death due to the body being severely burned.

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