Three people were arrested Wednesday after investigators found the bodies of two slain people buried in Crawford County.
Rusty Frazier, Michael Fowler and Kimberly Younger, who are suspected to have killed Sonny and Pauline Carpenter in Kansas, were held Wednesday in Crawford County on suspicion of felony abuse of a corpse, theft by receiving and tampering with physical evidence in connection to the incident. The Carpenters, of Wichita, Kan., were found Wednesday in what investigators believe to be a shallow grave off Starr Road in the northwest corner of Crawford County, Sheriff Ron Brown said.
Frazier, Fowler and Younger told authorities about the Carpenters following a report of a kidnapping to Van Buren police Wednesday morning, Detective Jonathan Wear with the Police Department said. Though the person in the report was not kidnapped, she gave the names of Frazier, Fowler and Younger, with whom she is believed to be associated, to Van Buren police, Brown said.
The woman in the kidnapping report was not arrested in connection to the incident, Wear said.
All four people told police Sonny and Pauline Carpenter were killed in Kansas and buried where investigators found them, Brown said. He also said investigators confirmed a report of a missing elderly couple from Kansas.
“Supposedly, they were buried here Monday,” Brown said.
All four people were held for questioning Wednesday at the Van Buren Police Department, Brown said. Frazier, Fowler and Younger were arrested Wednesday afternoon, Wear said.
Brown said authorities in Kansas will likely issue and serve murder warrants for Frazier, Fowler and Younger. He said they will likely be extradited back to Kansas once the warrants are served.
Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas State Police and officials with the Crawford County Coroner’s Office, Arkansas Game & Fish and the United States Forest Service were on scene Wednesday afternoon. Brown said Wednesday that officials were planning to send the bodies to the State Crime Laboratory.
“We believe the information we were given corroborates with what we found at the crime scene,” Brown said Wednesday afternoon.
Frazier, Fowler and Younger were held Wednesday evening in the Crawford County Detention Center.