Family and Friends Honor Pea Ridge Police Officer’s Legacy


In Pea Ridge Saturday, a memorial was held for a beloved police officer that was went missing over 10 years ago leaving her family and community members not knowing what happened.

Family members at the memorial said the ceremony offered closure to one of the most confusing cold cases in Northwest Arkansas. 

“She was loved the way she was,” said Mother of Cerilla Doyle, Betty Counts.

The sounds of taps drowns out the emotions for Pea Ridge Police Officer Cerilla Doyle who went missing in 2008. Her body was found last month in Iowa 10 years later. 

“Sad but yet we know were she is at, so that helps,” said Doyle.

For family members, Saturday’s memorial is bitter, but those who know Doyle are choosing to share the sweet attributes about the person so many called officer friendly.

“We would go to Sam’s Club and buy big boxes of Bubble gum and candy and she would hand it out to all the kids,” said Doyle.

“That’s why I put it out here too so everyone can have it to remember,” added Cerilla’s Daughter, Danielle Doyle.

Others who worked along side Doyle said she made a lasting impression on everyone she met.

“She was just a giving individual, she wanted to make sure that everyone knew that she thought about them and she cared about them and appreciated them, said Pea Ridge Mayor Jackie Crabtree.

Long time family friend Rachel Hayes said Doyle was like a mother to her, giving her the strength to pick up her trumpet to play taps at the memorial.

“It’s the most difficult time I’ve played taps in my life,” said Doyle family friend Rachel Hayes.

Hayes said she hadn’t played in over eight years, but said she couldn’t pass up this opportunity to honor Doyle.

“and finally I said okay Rachel it’s time to pick it back up, and I’m glad I did because Cerilla deserved this,” said Hayes.

After a decade of searching and doubts, the small Northwest Arkansas city can finally move forward knowing one feeling has always remained the same.

“We know she was loved, she was a good person,” said Counts.

At the memorial, Mayor Crabtree declared that November 18 will be known as Cerilla Doyle Day, for her memory to live on in the city of Pea Ridge.

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