Body Found in River ID’d as Missing Goshen Man

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Update:

James Valles was positively identified as the body found in the White River outside Goshen.  His body is being transported to the AR State Crime Lab, According to the Washington Sheriff’s Office. 

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — A body was discovered Wednesday afternoon in the White River outside of Goshen.

Kelly Cantrell, spokeswoman for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said the body matches a general description of missing 35-year-old man James Valles, who was believed to have jumped into the river when fleeing a deputy on February 28. No positive identification has been confirmed.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office traveled to property located in the Beav O Rama Road area. Washington County Coroner Roger Morris confirmed that Central EMS was at the scene.

Deputies went to the property area after receiving a call from Michael Cross at about 2:45 p.m.

Cross had been fishing from the White River shoreline on property owned by his father-in-law Jeff Perry when a man fishing from a boat on the river discovered the body.

Cross said he heard the man on the boat say, “I think that’s that body they’re looking for.” Cross said he then looked at the body and agreed with the man.

On February 28, a Washington County deputy came upon two men under Twin Bridges in Goshen while he was checking a vehicle. The deputy said he approached them, but they took off running. He said he later came upon one of the men who again started to run.

The deputy said he was able to use his stun gun on the man, but the man broke the stun gun’s wires and jumped into the river.

Authorities believed the man who jumped into the river to be Valles, who was last seen on February 28.

Deputies found an area where it appeared someone may have climbed up the bank on the other side.
They also found a life jacket belonging to Valles.

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