Arkansas State Police investigating death of 57-year-old Sebastian County woman

SEBASTIAN COUNTY, Ark. — The Arkansas State Police is investigating the death of a 57-year-old Sebastian County woman. 

The body of Melinda Rogers was discovered about 5:10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23 in her home on Broadway Street in Mansfield. 

A Mansfield police officer and a family relative discovered the body. Evidence found in the home is leading investigators to believe Rogers was murdered.

Local authorities have requested Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to supervise the investigation.

A late afternoon telephone call yesterday from a Texas sheriff’s department to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department in Fort Smith prompted Mansfield Police to check the well-being of Rogers. 

The arrest of a woman in Nacogdoches County, Texas and information developed in Texas prompted the phone call to Arkansas authorities.

Rogers’ body is being transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death.

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