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Suspect Apprehended in Disappearance of Arkansas Realtor

by Peter Thomas Ricci

Beverly Carter has been missing since Thursday evening, though police have now apprehended a suspect.

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The police have taken into custody a suspect in the disappearance of Beverly Carter, a Crye-Leike Realtor in the town of Scott, Arkansas who has been missing since the evening of Sept. 25.

According to a new report from ABC News, the police apprehended Aaron Lewis a day after issuing a warrant for his arrest on one count of kidnapping; the police have yet to reveal how they came to consider Lewis a suspect, or the circumstances of his arrest.

According to news reports, Carter had scheduled a showing of a foreclosure property on Sept. 25, though it was with a client she had never met before; after Carter’s husband, Carl, did not hear from her for a few hours, he drove to the home, only to find her abandoned car in the driveway with her purse inside.

Mysterious Texts

Around 1 a.m. the next day, according to reports from CBS11 in Arkansas, Carter’s husband received three mysterious texts from her cell phone, though they did not sound like Carter.

“All of a sudden I received three texts in a row,” Car told CBS11. “One said ‘Yes.’… Then she sent another text that said, ‘My phone’s low. The battery’s down, and I’ll call you whenever I get signal.’ …And, then, straight back-to-back, I received a text that said ‘Oh, I’m out drinking with some friends’ …Beverly’s not a drinker.”

Search Team of 250, Manhunt Starts

A search team of 250 individuals searched by both foot and ATV on Saturday, combing through the surrounding area. Earlier on Sunday, though, there was a break in the case when Lewis checked in to Baptist Hospital for treatment after a vehicle accident earlier Sunday. Though Lewis was a person of interest by the time he reached the hospital, he checked out before police could serve the warrant; the police released a bloody photo of Lewis, and as of Monday morning, a manhunt has commenced for him.

Staci Medlock, a fellow Realtor in the area, told the local media that Carter’s disappearance shows the danger that agents can face in their line of work.

“It’s a reality check actually to make sure people know where we are and who we are showing property to,” Medlock said.

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