Body found on logging road identified as missing Johnson Co. man, 3 men arrested for murder

The body of missing man, Vernice Ledbetter was found weeks after being reported missing. Three men have been arrested for murder.

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The body found in the northeastern part of Johnson County on a logging road has been identified as a man reported missing in December.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Department asked for the public's help finding Vernice 'Duwane' Ledbetter, who was last seen on Dec. 31, 2017.

On January 23, 2018, deputies responded to a location off of State Highway 123, where a body was located on a logging road.

The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory positively identified the body as Ledbetter.

With the positive identification of the body, the sheriff's department released that the three men booked into custody over the weekend for first-degree murder were arrested in connection with the death of Ledbetter.

Brian White, 21; Phillip Raible, 29; and Isaac Vaughn, 20 are each being held on $750,000 bonds. An initial court date has been set for March 1.


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