Two suspects arrested in connection with disappearance of Springdale, Arkansas man
SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a man from a Springdale apartment, according to officials with the Springdale Police Department. With two suspects in custody, the search continued for 39-year-old Richard Phillips.
Phillips was last seen at the Peaks Apartments on Cooper Drive November 23rd. An investigation into his disappearance started after a witness told police Phillips was abducted from the apartment by a group of men. Officers spotted a trail of blood in the parking lot.
Yesterday, just before 12:00p.m. a group of hunters discovered a body, later identified as Phillips, just north of Seligman, Missouri in Barry County. Law enforcement determined that he died in Springdale. His body is being sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine his cause of death.
Springdale police officials say following an extensive investigation, Reginald Baker of Seligman, Missouri, and Daniel Blanks of Fort Smith, Arkansas, were named suspects in the case. Investigators learned the pair were staying in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and requested authorities in the area help bring the men into custody. Both men were arrested by the Tulsa Police Department without incident and will be transported back to Washington County.
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