UPDATE: Shelter Releases Statement on Rogers Woman’s Death



Here is a statement from NWA Women’s Shelter Thrift Store on Misha Rivera’s death: 

“All of us at Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and coworker, Misha Rivera. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this most difficult time. Misha was an employee at our Thrift Store for over a year, was well-liked by her colleagues, and was a passionate advocate to support those who are affected by domestic violence. Counseling has been made available for our employees, volunteers, and clients. We will do everything we can to support the local authorities investigating of the situation.”

The NWA Women’s Shelter Thrift Store on 1624 S 8th St in Rogers will be closed until Monday May 14 to give employees the time to mourn the loss of their friend.

Original Story:

ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA) — A Rogers woman’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

Misha Rivera, 48, was found dead Saturday morning in the living room of her home in the 1300 block of W. Centennial Drive, according to a news release issued by Keith Foster, public information officer for the Rogers Police Department.

Rivera’s relatives discovered her body, Foster said.

“Evidence on the scene indicated that her death was not accidental and is being investigated as a homicide,” Foster said. “The investigation thus far indicates this is a situation where the assailant was known by the victim, and the Rogers Police Department does not believe there is any danger to the public.”

Police say evidence signaled it was not an accident but a homicide. 

Rogers police waited until today to release information on the investigation, saying detectives wanted to try and solve the crime faster.

“The suspect doesn’t know if we found out yet or not but once we do this they know,” Foster said. “So like I said, we’re trying to trace and track down every lead.”

Sharon Mills, a neighbor, said it seems more than likely a violent death.

“And that just, really, it just kind of saddens your heart,” she said.

Police say it’s not a random act of violence and they have a person of interest but have not made an arrest.

The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter said Rivera worked at its thrift shop for more than a year and was an advocate for the organization.

Rogers police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone with information about Rivera’s death is asked to contact Rogers police at (479) 636-4141.

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