UPDATE: Arkansas State Police is investigating the death of a woman in Mansfield.
Melinda Rogers, 57, was discovered deceased around 5 p.m. in her home on Broadway Street in Mansfield.
Evidence found in the home is leading investigators to believe Rogers was murdered.
Local authorities have requested Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to supervise the investigation.
A late afternoon telephone call yesterday from a Texas sheriff’s department to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department in Fort Smith prompted Mansfield Police to check the wellbeing of Rogers.
Jordana Rogers, 31, from Mansfield, was arrested in Nacogdoches County, Texas, for aggravated assault in an unrelated case to the Mansfield homicide. Information developed during the assault investigation prompted Texas authorities to call Arkansas authorities.
According to the report from Texas, “[the] Sergeant over the patrol shift requested dispatch to contact the local law enforcement agency in Mansfield, Arkansas and conduct a welfare check at the home of the suspect’s mother. Deputies did not feel right about the situation and felt that something else had possibly happened.“
Mansfield police let Texas authorities know that the “welfare check” resulted in the finding of a deceased female and that the manner of death as “homicide.”
Melinda Rogers’ body is being transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death.
SEBASTIAN COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) — Arkansas State Police (ASP) is currently investigating a possible homicide at a home in Mansfield, according to Mansfield police.
Around 4 p.m. on Monday, December 23, officers responded to a call for a welfare check and from there it then became a “possible” homicide investigation and ASP was called to assist.
“This is in the initial stages of the investigation,” said Chief Everett Robb. He referred any further questions to ASP.