Family Reacts After Remains Found of Former Pea Ridge Officer


NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Ark. (KFTA) — Bentonville Police say the body of a Pea Ridge officer who went missing almost ten years ago this month was found in Iowa.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations found Doyle’s remains in Mason City, Iowa in an outside area.  Officials say Doyle would have been 61 years old.

Doyle was last seen by her family on October 27, 2008. Her family says this is not the outcome they wanted.

“I still was holding out hoping — my thought is she was in law enforcement for 21 years. If anybody can hide, it’s her. So I just kept hoping she was hiding out somewhere,” Danielle Doyle, Cerilla Doyle’s daughter, said.

After being missing for exactly a decade this month, Doyle’s family was holding on to hope that they would someday see her again.

“But then after leaving for so long, I knew she wouldn’t leave us for that long without something being wrong, because she loved her family too much,” Doyle’s mother, Betty Counts said.

According to police, Doyle was last seen on video surveillance buying a bus ticket to Tulsa, Oklahoma, at a Rogers gas station on October 27, 2008. It’s unclear if she actually boarded the bus.

“When she came up missing, we had initially had the missing person report so our investigation took us to the point of when she left the area, we lost contact with her,” Sgt. Gene Page with the Bentonville Police Department said.

The 2008 incident report says Doyle had left all of her belongings at the house on the day she disappeared, and withdrew $1,000 from a bank in Bentonville.

According to the report, Doyle’s boyfriend told her daughter that Doyle previously mentioned if she did kill herself she, “would do it in the woods in the middle of nowhere so no one would find her for a long time.”

But Counts says that’s not the case.

“She would not commit suicide. My daughter was a strong, strong person. Anybody that knew her, knew that she would not commit suicide,” Counts said.

According to a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, there is no indication of foul play. The investigation is continuing into the circumstances surrounding her travels between Arkansas and Iowa, as well as the circumstances surrounding her death.

“How she ended up there. What happened to her? When? I think somebody put her there.”

Questions that police hope to find answers to soon.

“Now both departments will work together and exchange information and hopefully Iowa will be able to tell us the cause of death. That will be the next step,” Sgt. Page said.

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