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Woman kidnapped, killed in Sevier County

The Sevier County Sheriff says that a 19-year-old woman who was kidnapped while at work Thursday was found dead in the trunk of her car. The suspect in the case has been arrested.
Cody Griffin, arrested for the death of Wendy Zapata Hernandez
Cody Griffin, arrested for the death of Wendy Zapata Hernandez
Cody Griffin, arrested for the death of Wendy Zapata Hernandez
Cody Griffin, arrested for the death of Wendy Zapata Hernandez
LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Sevier County Sheriff says deputies found the body of a kidnapped 19-year-old woman in the trunk of her car. The suspect in the case has been arrested.

The victim has been identified as Wendy Zapata Hernandez. The suspect is 25-year-old Cody Shane Griffin of Horatio.

The Sevier County Sheriff tells Fox 16 this started when deputies responded to Selena’s Satellite in Horatio Thursday morning on a burglary call. A customer reported the store had its doors open, with no one inside.

Investigators looked at surveillance video, and say it shows a man robbing the store with a knife. The assailant left the scene with cash and Hernandez in Hernandez’ car.

Around 1:30pm, the Sheriff’s Department received a call of a man walking down the street in his underwear in Beacon Hill, north of Horatio. This was the murder suspect, Cody Griffin. After his arrest, Griffin told investigators where they would be able to find the car.

The car was located in a wooded near where Griffin was arrested. Hernandez was found in the trunk, apparently stabbed to death.
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