The State Police Wednesday circulated photographs that they hope will help find suspects in the slaying of an elderly woman last Sunday in her Cross County church.
UPDATE: A State Police news release Thursday said the man on the left in the photograph circulated Wednesday has no connection to the case. A followup news release is on the jump, following the original release.
STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE
The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division and Cross County Sheriff’s Department are asking for public assistance in identifying two suspects wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of a Cross County woman.
Cross County Sheriff’s Department officials on Tuesday afternoon requested the assistance of State Police CID Special Agents. During the past 24 hours Special Agents have developed new leads in the case and retrieved photographs of two male suspects.
The persons of interest identified by the Cross County Sheriff’s Department on Monday as being wanted for questioning were eliminated today from the investigation.
Attached to this electronic new release is a combination photo image which depicts the suspects who’ve been photographed in proximity to the murder victim’s car. The photograph on the (left) taken from an overhead camera shows one of the suspects paying for gasoline at Fair Oaks, Arkansas soon after the body of Lillian Wilson was discovered at the Central Methodist Church in Hamlin. The suspect in this image is described as being a white male, 50 to 60 years old, approximately 5'10" - 6'0" tall with balding gray hair. The suspect was dressed in jeans, a red short sleeve button up shirt and black boots.
The other two photos (center & right) show a second suspect taken at two different locations. The second suspect is described as a white male, approximately 30 years old, 5'8" - 5'10" tall and bald headed. He has been seen wearing a black or dark colored shirt, kaki shorts, white socks and black tennis shoes.
The vehicle taken from the murder victim has not been located. It is described as a 2003 Mercury Marquis, gray in color, displaying Arkansas license plate, 737-NGN, and a front plate, green in color that reads, "Eat More Rice".
The vehicle has been seen in Missouri and Washington (state).
Anyone with information as to the identity of either suspect, or the whereabouts of the suspects or the murder victim’s car is asked to contact the Arkansas State Police at (800) 553-3820 or (870) 317-5318 and the Cross County Sheriff’s Department at (870) 633-1454.
NEWS RELEASE THURSDAY
The Arkansas State Police has eliminated from its investigation one of the persons depicted as a suspect in a combination print disseminated in an electronic news release yesterday (June 9, 2010). The picture had been circulated in connection with the continuing investigation of the murder of an elderly Cross County woman earlier this week.
Special Agents of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division are continuing to ask for public assistance in identifying a second individual classified as a suspect in the murder of an elderly Cross County woman last Sunday.
The unknown suspect has been photographed at a Missouri convenience store/gas station fueling the car belonging to Lillian Wilson of the Hamlin community.
Wilson’s body was discovered Sunday at the Central United Methodist Church located along U.S. Highway 64 between Wynne and Fair Oaks.
Eliminated from the combination photo is the man on the left (see attached image). However, the suspect still being sought is shown in the center and right photo. He is described as a white male, approximately 30 years old, 5'8" - 5'10" tall and bald. He has been seen wearing a black or dark colored shirt, kaki shorts, white socks and black tennis shoes.
State Police Special Agents also believe the suspects are still in possession of the murder victim’s car, a 2003 Mercury Marquis, gray in color, displaying Arkansas license plate, 737-NGN, and a green front plate that reads, "Eat More Rice". The vehicle is believed to have been seen in Washington (state).
Anyone with information to the identity the suspect, or who knows the whereabouts of the suspect and the murder victim’s car is asked to contact the Arkansas State Police at (800) 553-3820 or (870) 317-5318 and the Cross County Sheriff’s Department at (870) 238-5700.