UPDATE: STATE POLICE INVESTIGATING BODY FOUND IN PRAIRIE COUNTYMarch 09, 2017
At approximately 6:00pm yesterday (Wednesday, March 8th) Special Agents assigned to the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division arrested Virginia Colvin, 56, of Johnstown, New York, who had been the subject of a search in connection with the discovery of human remains in rural Prairie County earlier this week.
Colvin was located at a Perry County residence and transported to the Prairie County Jail where she is being held in connection with the abuse of a corpse. Michael Strivers, who is being held at the Lonoke County Jail on charges unrelated to the discovery of the body, is being questioned by State Police Special Agents.
No other suspects are being sought in Arkansas in connection with the case. The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division is working closely with the Johnstown Police Department in New York to confirm the identity of the body.
March 8, 2017
Arkansas State Police Special Agents assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division are working closely with New York State law enforcement authorities in an attempt to identify the remains of a body discovered earlier this week at a Prairie County Farm.
Special Agents believe the death may have occurred in New York State. The remains were subsequently transported to Arkansas inside a suitcase.
The Arkansas State Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an individual believed to be identified as Virginia “Ginger” Lee Colvin, age 56. Colvin is described as 5 feet, 1 inch tall weighing approximately 110 pounds. Colvin has blue eyes and brown hair. Colvin is wanted for questioning in connection with the case. She may be in the vicinity of Perry, White, or Pulaski County, Arkansas.
If you have any information about this case, please contact the Arkansas State Police at 501-618-8100 or the Prairie County Sheriff’s office at 870-256-4137.
March 6, 2017
Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division, along with Prairie County Sherriff’s Deputies, are investigating the discovery of a body found at a Prairie County farm yesterday (Sunday, March 5, 2017). The report was received by CID special agents shortly after 4 PM, Sunday. Agents have worked overnight following leads that are being checked this morning.
At least two individuals have been questioned about the death.
The body has been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for purposes of identification in addition to a manner and cause of death.
As of this hour, the Arkansas State Police Public Affairs Office does not anticipate any further release of information until identification is confirmed at the crime lab or an arrest is made in connection with the case.