New York woman arrested after remains found in suitcase on Ark. farm

PRAIRIE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansas State Police say a man found dead on a farm in Prairie County may have been killed in New York.

Special Agents believe the death may have occurred in New York, and the remains were subsequently transported to Arkansas inside a suitcase.

According to our CBS affiliate WRGB in Albany, the man's body was driven hundreds of miles from Johnstown, New York to Arkansas. Police say the man's home had been under surveillance since Monday.

Arkansas State Police got a call from a person who saw the body in a pickup truck. By the time they pulled the truck over, the woman had disposed of the remains. Since no body had been found, she was released at the time.

Around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, special agents from the State Police Criminal Investigation Division arrested 56-year-old Virginia Colvin of Johnstown, New York. She had been the subject of a search in connection with the discovery of the remains. 

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 Stivers, 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.

Stay with THV11 and thv11.com for more details as they become available.

 

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