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Police investigating care fire in Magnolia as homicide.

by By J.D. Bailey Banner News | February 3, 2020 at 8:53 p.m. | Updated February 3, 2020 at 8:53 p.m.

A Monday car fire where two adults were found dead at rural intersection in the Calhoun Community is now under a homicide investigation by Columbia County authorities. The names of the victims have yet to be released

The incident was first reported to the Calhoun Fire Department and to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office around 12:30 p.m. Monday. The report indicated that a car with two deceased persons was on fire at the intersection of Columbia Rd. 11 and Columbia Rd. 32, just near Weyerhaeuser in Calhoun.

The two-door car was facing south, on the gravel shoulder on opposite lane of traffic flow. The front end was nudged against a few small trees at the intersection.

Authorities would not go into specifics on the matter, stating only that they believed the incident warranted a homicide designation.

“We recovered two bodies, and we are investigating it right now as a homicide,” said Kelly Blair, a criminal investigator with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Police were still in the process of notifying the next-of-kin Monday evening, therefore no names were released, according to Blair.

The investigator would not give any more details, only saying that he could not delve deeper into the matter publicly right now. Police also did not believe the matter to be an accident.

Authorities were on the scene for around five hours Monday, with traffic blocked off for hundreds of yards on all rural county access roads to the intersection. The immediate scene was also taped off and police vehicles shielding much of the area. At one point, a Columbia County Ambulance was called in carrying pneumatic and electric power tools, presumably to aid in the removal the doors on the burned- out car. A Yellerhawk wrecker was also called in to haul off the car.

The scene was cleared at around 5:30 p.m.

There were no visible skid marks on the pavement and only a small, smoldering area remained after the car was cleared.

Arkansas State Police and Magnolia Police Department authorities aided in the crime scene.


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