Human remains found are missing man Charlie Hardin

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    • Hardin, 70, is 5'11" and weights 155 lbs. He is said to have grey, short hair and brown eyes with medium complexion. (Photo: LRPD)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock police said they're investigating a case of human remains found recently in Pulaski County as a homicide.

    Authorities said 70-year old Charlie Hardin's remains were found in a wooded area in Pulaski County a little more than a week ago, and a relative may know something about his murder.

    THV 11 News first showed you the scene on Nov. 9- crime scene tape littering the woods off Woodyard Road in Pulaski County.

    "There's been a lot of people, even the maintenance man here, has been talking about it," Neighbor Richard Mahan said.

    Mahan lives at Hardin's apartment complex along East 15th Street.

    "He was a pretty laid-back guy, pretty quiet, stayed to himself, didn't bother anyone," Mahan said.

    Neighbor Tommy Goins agreed.

    "He exercised and sit on the porch and read his paper and tended to his own business," Goins said.

    Hardin was not much of a threat if you ask his neighbors, but police said something went wrong.

    "We do suspect foul play in this incident, and therefore, we will be investigating his disappearance as a homicide," said Sgt. Cassandra Davis with Little Rock Police.
    Sgt. Davis said police can't say why they suspect foul play right now, but they hope to get answers from one of Hardin's relatives.

    "Ask him what he knows about the death of Mr. Charlie Hardin, and see where we can go from there," Sgt. Davis said.

    That relative is currently in the Pulaski County Jail, charged in a separate murder on Oct. 4 in Little Rock. Sgt. Davis said when they arrested him Oct. 5, they found him driving Hardin's truck, and Hardin happened to be reported missing at the time.

    "You adjust to anything that happens in life pretty much," Goins said, reflecting on his neighbor's death.

    At this point, Sgt. Davis said they don't have any other potential suspects to question about Hardin's murder.

    Police said it was one of Hardin's sons who filed a missing report on his Dad the first week of October. At the time, that son told police they hadn't seen their father in seven to ten days.

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