Lepanto residents question death of woman

Lepanto residents question death of woman

POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Poinsett County Sheriff's Department is still waiting for the autopsy report regarding the death of a Lepanto woman.

The body of Tiffany Jones Benton, 26, was found Friday afternoon outside of Lepanto.

The Poinsett County Sheriff's Department sent Benton's body to the state crime lab, but the cause of death is still pending in the case.

Sherriff Larry Mills said until a cause of death is known it is difficult to further the investigation.

He said the final report from the medical examiner could take time to complete.

In the meantime, those who live in Lepanto are concerned and want answers.

Andrew Kilgo has lived in Lepanto for 3 years and said it's been surprisingly quiet since the news about Benton spread.

"It's just, you know, unexpected," Kilgo said. "You know one week she is fine the next week she is dead. People are scared, probably now afraid to come out of the house."

Kilgo said he has heard of people being worried for their children's safety, and it's just something they aren't used to living in a small town.

Sheriff Mills said there isn't a lot they can do in the investigation until they have a cause of death and the autopsy report is complete. But for now, the city of Lepanto is left with a lot of questions.

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