Carroll County inmate released may be COVID-19 positive; now missing


Dad: "I'm scared for her and other people's health"

CARROLL COUNTY (KNWA/KFTA) —UPDATE 6/13: The woman has been heard from and is getting tested for the virus, according to family.

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Major Jerry Williams said in an email statement on Saturday, June 13, that every inmate is “given a comprehensive COVID-19 screening upon entry to the detention facility.” Williams also stated, “[Stacy] Wilson’s COVID-19 screening was negative.”


A Carroll County jail inmate was never tested for COVID-19 — upon entering, or leaving, the jail — according to her family who said she may have the virus.

Stacy Wilson, 29, was arrested on a failure to appear warrant after getting into a skirmish with her dad on the night of June 4 at his home in Eureka Springs, according to a Eureka Springs Police report.

She was jailed for six days.

Her dad, Gary Wilson said she had been calling him daily because she had not been feeling well.

“I called the jail, mayor, Arkansas Department of Health,” said Wilson, a long-time Eureka Springs resident. “I was trying to find a way to get my daughter [COVID] tested, and I didn’t hear back from anyone.”

On Wednesday, June 10, Wilson said he got a call from the detention center that his daughter was being released.

“The plan was to pick her up and get her tested,” he said.

Wilson has custody of Stacy’s two children: ages six and two. He hired a babysitter, so he could go pick her up from jail.

Noah 6 years old, Aryanna 4 years old. Stacy Wilson’s children. Photo courtesy from the family.

He arrived at the jail and was told by the employees that she had left.

“I have her phone and her two children, right here,” said Wilson. “It’s not like her to not check in with me, or her sisters.”

Wilson is worried that she may be infected and contaminating others — and that no one has heard from her.

Williams reviewed data and documents about Stacy Wilson’s jail stay and said her only mention about not feeling well was the same day she was released. “Ms. Wilson was being seen by the medical staff that same day (because of the medical submission) but was released prior to her appointment.  Ms. Wilson also sent an email to family within “minutes” of her submission to the medical staff,” said Williams.


This is the same jail where Jad Perkins, 40, was booked into after being arrested on a parole violation from Cummins Unit. Perkins was in Eureka Springs for a couple of weeks and had tested positive for COVID-19.

Jad Perkins booking photo. Courtesy Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

The Carroll County Detention Center in Berryville, Arkansas, is a 102-bed facility. Currently, there are 66 inmates, according to Major Jerry Williams.

Several calls were made to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office to find out what protocol was for inmates and COVID-19 testing. Also, an email was sent to Carroll County Sherriff’s Major Jerry Williams for comment. As of yet, no response has been received.*

According to the Arkansas Department of Health’s website, Carroll County has had 56 COVID-19 cases, 27 have recovered and one person has died.

*This story was updated to reflect that the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office did respond on Saturday, June 13.

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