The charred remains of an unidentified male, found early Tuesday morning lying on the side of the road on Highway 44 just north of Highway 242 South, has been sent to the Arkansas medical examiner for an autopsy according to Lt. Brian Holloway of the Phillips County Sheriff's Office.
According to Holloway, the Sheriff's office responded to a call regarding a burned body at approximately 8:30 a.m. On arrival, Sheriff's Department criminal investigators began processing and preserving the crime scene along with Arkansas State Police investigators.
At this stage, investigators do not know the identity of the victim and are asking area law enforcement agencies for assistance.
Phillips County Sheriff Ronnie White told WREG-TV Channel 3 Memphis that the body was so badly burned it could not be determined whether the victim was black or white. White told the TV station he hoped that the state ME could determine the identity of the victim, why he was burned so badly and when the crime was committed.
John Tilson, who owns a small auto repair shop in Phillips County, told WREG that he actually saw the burned body just after midnight Monday while driving along Highway 44, while on his way to check out his repair shop. Tilson told Channel 3 reporters that he thought it was a burned mannequin.