Body of missing Arkansas real estate agent found

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 30, 2014 6:45 AM

(Reuters) - Police have discovered the body of an Arkansas real estate agent in a shallow grave after she was reported missing last week, a law enforcement official said.

Police found the body of 49-year-old Beverly Carter shortly after midnight on Tuesday in a Little Rock suburb about 25 miles (40 km) north of the area where she was reported missing, Pulaski County Sheriff's Office spokesman Carl Minden said.

Before going missing, she told associates she was meeting a possible buyer at a property in Scott.

A 33-year-old Arkansas prison parolee whom police arrested hours earlier after an intensive manhunt on suspicion of being responsible for the disappearance would now face a capital murder charge, Minden said.

Aaron Lewis admitted to the kidnapping after police questioning but would not divulge Carter's whereabouts, Minden said. Police following other leads found her body on a property on Highway 5 in Cabot.

Lewis, whose name is spelled "Aaron" and "Arron" on different government records, remains in jail and is to appear in a Pulaski County court on Tuesday, Minden said.

Lewis, whose picture had been widely circulated, was named in an arrest warrant issued on Sunday. He was taken into custody in suburban Little Rock after office workers spotted him at a bus stop and alerted police.

He fled to a nearby apartment complex but was soon arrested, the sheriff's office said.

Carter's husband alerted authorities after she failed to return home on Thursday night. Over the weekend, more than 200 volunteers helped deputies comb the area near the house where her car was found.

Arkansas officials said Lewis was on parole for theft convictions in Arkansas and also had a criminal history in Utah and Kansas.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)