FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The body of a missing woman from Fayetteville was found early Friday afternoon.
Shelby Ratliff, 28, was reported missing on May 5.
According to Sgt. Tony Murphy with the Fayetteville Police Department, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Fayetteville firefighters located and recovered Ratliff’s remains from the Town Branch Creek.
According to police, the initial investigation leads them to believe that this was a drowning incident directly related to the severe weather last week.
Fayetteville Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeremy Ashley said the firefighters found her remains tangled up in debris. He said it was a tough call for the firefighters.
“They’re glad to help find a little bit of peace for the family that’s been through this terrible, terrible devastating time,” Ashley said.
The investigation is ongoing.
This is a developing story. We will update this story as we continue to learn more.