One of the three suspects arrested in connection with two slain people found July 18 in northwest Crawford County reportedly admitted to police that he killed them.
Michael Fowler, 54, of Florida allegedly told Van Buren police he shot and killed Alfred “Sonny” and Pauline Carpenter a few days earlier in Great Bend, Kan., according to the probable cause affidavit.
He was arrested by Van Buren police on July 18 with Kimberly Younger, aka Myrna Khan, 52, and Rusty Frasier, 35, both of Texas, on suspicion of felony abuse of a corpse, theft by receiving and tampering with physical evidence in connection to the incident, according to Crawford County Detention Center records.
Fowler allegedly told Van Buren police he killed the Carpenters with a pistol before he, Frasier and Younger loaded them onto the Carpenters’ trailer and drove them to Van Buren. He said the three of them and another man and woman dumped the bodies two days later off Starr Road, the affidavit states.
“Supposedly, they were buried here Monday,” Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown said at the scene of the incident.
Van Buren police allegedly found Fowler, Younger and Frasier on July 18 at Vista Hills Apartments with the other woman who Fowler said traveled with them from Kansas. Officers’ location of the three suspects stemmed from a call stating the woman was kidnapped, the affidavit states.
Police found a one-ton pickup with a camper registered to the Carpenters with the three suspects and woman at Vista Hills, though they did not find the Carpenters. The Carpenters’ daughter had reported her parents as missing on Tuesday out of Wichita, Kan., the affidavit states.
Officers took the woman, Fowler, Younger and Frasier to the police department for questioning after they caught Younger in multiple lies about the Carpenters’ locations, the affidavit states.
They allegedly told Sgt. Daniel Perry with the police department that they covered the bodies with bedding found in the camper and then with rocks and limbs, the affidavit states.
Authorities with the sheriff’s office, Arkansas State Police, Crawford County Coroner’s Office, Arkansas Game and Fish and United States Forest Service found the bodies July 18 in what they believed to be a shallow grave off Starr Road, Brown said.
Officers with the police department recovered Fowler’s Ruger 9mm firearm, which he said he used to kill the couple, the affidavit states.
Fowler, Younger and Frasier were arrested on suspicion of their offenses on July 18, Detective Jonathan Wear with the police department said. The woman and man who Fowler said traveled with them were not arrested in Crawford County, according to detention center records.
Brown said that authorities in Kansas would likely issue and serve murder warrants for Frasier, Younger and Fowler. Authorities would likely extradite the three suspects back to Kansas once the warrants are served, he said.
Fowler, Younger and Frasier were all held in the detention center, each in lieu of a $1 million bond, according to detention center records.