BARLING, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — UPDATE: Detective Nathan Mayhugh with the Barling Police Department says it has located the body of a white man that matches Beneux’s description.

The body was found in a wooded area off P Street in Barling. The body will be taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab where it will be identified and the cause of death will be determined.

“It’s a tragic loss for not only the family, but it also, it’s never fun or never a good time to have to sit here and do this stuff,” Mayhugh said. “But to be able to bring closure to the family is what we’re here for.”


BARLING, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — UPDATE: Jan. 18, 1:26 p.m. — The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office provided an update on the status of the search for Beneux, saying Search & Rescue ground teams from three counties (Logan, Crawford, & Sebastian), including two drone teams, Arkansas Wildlife Officers from Arkansas Game & Fish, Barling Police, numerous deputies and many others are still searching the wooded area and the Arkansas River near Lock & Dam 13 at Spring Hill Park in Barling.


BARLING, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office looks for a missing man near the Arkansas River at Spring Hill Park in Barling on Jan. 17.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies are looking for Riley Beneux. He is 26 years old, is 6 feet tall, and weighs 165 lbs.

The sheriff’s office says Beneux told his family he was going to the gym on Jan. 16 around 1:30 p.m. and hasn’t been heard from since.

According to the sheriff’s office, his truck was found at Spring Hill Park. He was last seen wearing dark Khakis with an orange windbreaker, a blue beanie and hiking boots.

If anyone has seen or heard from Beneux, the sheriff’s office asks to call 479-783-1051.