Body of Barbara Doyle found in Bella Vista, autopsy confirms

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BELLA VISTA, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The human remains found in the woods near the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista on Wednesday are those of Barbara Doyle, an autopsy confirmed on Friday.


Human remains that appear to be consistent with the description of missing 74-year-old Barbara Doyle were found in the woods off Arkansas Highway 279 near the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista on Wednesday night.

According to a release from the city of Bella Vista on Thursday, the remains were found during a planned ground search.

Barbara Doyle’s family was notified shortly after Wednesday’s night vigil that the remains could be Barbara. Jack Doyle, her husband, said he is relying on his faith to help him keep going through this difficult time.

“There will be good days, days that we laugh, days that we cry but we’ll get through this because of our strong faith and strong family,” Doyle said.

According to Bella Vista Police Chief James Graves, they appear to be consistent with the description of Doyle, who went missing from Brookfield Assisted Living around 3 p.m. on August 12, after being admitted to the facility for the first time earlier that same day.

Police were notified of Doyle’s disappearance just before 5 p.m. and have been searching for her ever since.

The search on Wednesday night was conducted by volunteer members of the Benton County Search and Rescue team, which is under the direction of Benton County Emergency Management.

Her husband, Jack Doyle said, Barbara was a kind and special lady. He said the pair did everything together.

“We have routines, we’ve been married 52 years as of Monday a week ago and now I have to develop new routines, I’m not looking forward to that,” Doyle said.

Graves said foul play is not suspected, but the scene remains under investigation and will be processed to preserve all evidence in the event more information comes out in the future. Chief Graves also said the remains will be autopsied Friday and that’s when they will know for certain if the remains belong to Barbara Doyle.

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