A welfare check requested by the Logan County Sheriff's Office Tuesday led to the discovery of a dead man and woman in a southwest Fort Smith home. Police believe they could be the victims of a double homicide.
The welfare check was requested following a collision on Highway 10 about three miles west of Booneville.
The driver of one of the vehicles involved apparently fled the scene.
Around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday officers found a man and a woman dead inside a residence in the 7700 block of Hermitage Drive while conducting the welfare check. Though investigators Tuesday afternoon had not ruled the incident a homicide, they determined from the preliminary investigation that foul play appears to have been involved, police Cpl. Anthony Rice said.
Rice did not list names or ages of the deceased Tuesday afternoon. He said police did not have a suspect in connection with the incident at that time.
"When the criminal investigation division and the Prosecuting Attorney's Office decide to classify it as a homicide, we will let you know," Rice said. He said investigators Tuesday afternoon were following up on leads to identify the two people and reaching out to their family members.
"The back door of the residence was unlocked," Rice said. He declined to comment on how investigators concluded that foul play was likely involved.
Rice said investigators Tuesday afternoon were following up on leads to determine a possible suspect in the incident. He also said the Logan County Sheriff’s Office will be involved in the investigation in some capacity.
Logan County Sheriff’s officials on Tuesday afternoon were unable to be reached for comment.
"We're going to be in contact with Logan County to find out why exactly they had called for this welfare check," he said.
Police on Tuesday afternoon blocked the section of Hermitage Drive just south of Cavanaugh Road as part of the investigation. Sebastian County Prosecutor Dan Shue around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday spoke to detectives outside the residence.
Rice said investigators would be in the area for some time to ensure they conducted a thorough investigation.
“I know people in the area are a little afraid,” Rice said. “We do not feel like, right now, that anyone is in any immediate danger.”
Rice also offered his condolences for the families of the two deceased people.
"Nobody wants to come home and find out about something like this. Nobody wants to hear this about one of our family members," Rice said. "We here at the Fort Smith Police Department care about our community members, and we are saddened for their loss."
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department at (479) 709-5100.