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RE: Arrests Made in Missing Persons Investigation
Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced today the arrest of two people charged with Homicide.
On March 7, 1996 the Fayetteville Police Department initiated a missing person investigation into the whereabouts of Ms. Goldie Thornsberry. Since that time there have been several print and television media stories about the case of Goldie Thornsberry. The Little Rock Police Department Cold Case Division ran a story on May 25, 2010 regarding the skeletal remains of an elderly female that had been discovered on July 20, 2000. As a result of this story, information was obtained linking the cold case to Ms. Thornsberry. Since that time the skeletal remains have been identified as those of Ms. Thornsberry through DNA analysis. Further information was obtained and arrest warrants were issued for Raymond Robert Lee Douglas, black male age 41 and Reta Kay Douglas Flowers, white female age 41, charging them with Murder 1st Degree. Fayetteville Police Detectives traveled to Little Rock today where the suspects were located and arrested.
During the initial missing person investigation Fayetteville Police investigated the forgery of Ms. Thornsberry’s personal checking account.
On September 5, 1996 both suspects pled guilty to the forgery; however, the suspects refused to cooperate in the missing person investigation.
The investigation in this case is continuing and further information will be released as it becomes available.