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     The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 20 year old man that was reported late last night.  On Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at approximately 10:30 PM, the Sheriff’s Office was notified by Baxter Regional Ambulance Service that they were responding to 1251 Highway 178 West in Midway for a 20 year old unresponsive male.  The initial responding deputies arrived on scene at approximately 10:42 PM

     Deputies found the victim deceased at this residence.  In addition to the Baxter Regional Ambulance Crew, first responders from the Midway Volunteer Fire Protection District also responded.  The Baxter County Coroner’s Office was called to assist.  The manner of death is not being released at this time.  More than ten Sheriff’s Investigators, Deputies, and Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division Special Agents initiated a homicide investigation.  The investigation continues today.  Investigators have interviewed several persons both at the scene and at the Sheriff’s Office in connection with this incident, but no arrests have been made at this time. 

     The investigation is still underway today, with Investigators conducting additional interviews and executing three (3) search warrants at three (3) separate residences in connection with the investigation.  The name of the victim is still being withheld pending notification of next of kin.   No further details can be released at the present time.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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