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Police searching for murder suspect after 90-year-old found dead

Lavinda Counce (Source: WMC Action News 5) Lavinda Counce (Source: WMC Action News 5)
CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (WMC) -

Investigators are still searching for the suspect that police said killed a 90-year-old woman and left her in a field.

What started as a missing person case is now a murder investigation after the body of the 90-year-old Lavinda Counce was found this weekend.

She had been missing from her home in Bay, Arkansas, for 10 days before a team of volunteers found her body in a field.

Members of Counce’s church, the Bay Church of Christ, who knew her for over 50 years, said she was always concerned with putting the needs of others first.

“Ms. Lavinda was one of the sweetest ladies,” said preacher Mark Brewer. “She was always here, always faithful, concerned about the community, concerned about every member. If someone was missing, she was the one who was concerned.”

Police believe Counce was taken from her home by force.

Investigators found an early clue when they located her Buick at Northeast Arkansas Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas, empty.

Police said surveillance video showed a man parking the car and walking away. Police have not released the images to the public.

The Craighead County sheriff said it is still too early to release other details about the case, but stressed that they are using every resource they have.

There is a $6,000 reward for information about Counce’s killer.

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