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Press Release: Burned Body Of Missing Woman Found At Cemetery; Arrest – GARLAND COUNTY

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Press Release – GARLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’s DEPARTMENT (Sergeant Schroeder)


The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory has determined that the body found at Lowe Cemetery in Royal, Arkansas was the body of missing 80-year old Betty Slaughter, Garland County Sheriff Mike McCormick said today. 

Betty Slaughter, 80 of Hot Springs – found murdered in Garland County last weekend

On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, The Garland County Sheriff’s Department received confirmation from the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory that the burned body discovered in the Cemetery in Royal, Arkansas on August 25, 2018 was that of 80-year-old Betty Slaughter.  Ms. Slaughter went missing on August 21, 2018 from her home in Garland County.

The exact cause of death has not been determined but investigators are hopeful to have that report in the very near future.

Investigators have been working this case as a Homicide investigation from the beginning. A person of interest is in custody on unrelated charges.  Investigators will consult with Michelle Lawrence, Garland County Prosecuting Attorney before related charges are filed.  

Sheriff Mike McCormick would like the public to know that this case is still very active and ongoing so limited information will be released at this time.  Anyone with any information should contact the Garland County Sheriff’s Office at 501-622-3660.