Update: White Co. man finds human remains in trash bag

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    • Charles Pruett

    WHITE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV)-- It was a gruesome discovery for a White County property owner on Sunday. Charles Pruett stumbled across human remains just outside Judsonia. Deputies are now trying to figure out who they belong to.

    There is very little traffic and few homes on Dripping Springs Rd.

    Pruett explains, "Not a lot of crime. People still probably leave their doors unlocked."

    Pruett has lived on the rural White County road for nearly 30 years. But his "safe" feeling all changed Sunday when he found a trash bag on his property.

    He says, "That's a horrible thing. Bless their heart whoever it was."

    Pruett first noticed the bag about two months ago but thought it was nothing.

    Pruett explains, "The smell was horrendous when the wind would blow just right. I lifted the bag, looked like there was two large trash bags, and lifted the bag and I could tell it didn't look like anything I'd ever seen."

    Detectives say it was a body, so badly decomposed they are unsure if it's a male or female.

    Cpl. Steve Hernandez says there are no active missing person's cases in the county.

    He says, "There is someone out there that is missing a family member. They may have reported them missing somewhere else and we are just now finding the body. So we need to give some family closure."

    The remains are now at the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine a cause of death and hopefully make an identification.

    Meanwhile, Pruett says his quiet little road will never quite be the same. "It makes you a little nervous. Makes you want to get up a little quicker when the dogs bark at night."

    If you have any information, you are urged to contact the White County Sheriff's Department at 501-279-6269. You can remain anonymous.

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