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GUM SPRINGS ROAD HOMICIDE VICTIMS IDENTIFIED: YELL COUNTY INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

May 12, 2017

  Arkansas State Crime Laboratory authorities and Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have identified two gunshot victims discovered yesterday (Thursday, May 11, 2017) outside 12084 Gum Springs Road west of Dardanelle.

  Rita Miller, 61, and Ciera Miller, 17, were allegedly shot by James Arthur Bowden, 42, of Dardanelle.  Both women were Yell County residents.  Their deaths followed a law enforcement traffic stop along State Highway 27 where Bowden allegedly killed Yell County Sheriff’s Deputy, Lieutenant Kevin C. Mainhart.

  During a five-hour stand-off with state troopers and local law enforcement officers along Gum Springs Road, Bowden had been holding one hostage who has been identified as Haley McHam, 31, of Yell County.

  At this juncture the Arkansas State Police does not anticipate any further news release during the course of the investigation.