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Body found in the woods, teen neighbor charged with murder

A Searcy County teenager was arrested on first degree murder charges Friday after his neighbor’s body was found in the woods.
Stoney Cox, arrested on weapons charges
Stoney Cox, arrested on weapons charges
LITTLE ROCK, AR – A Searcy County teenager was arrested on first degree murder charges Friday after his neighbor’s body was found in the woods.

The Searcy County Sheriff’s Office says Eddie Covington’s body was recovered in a remote, heavily wooded area near Witt Springs. The case began as a missing person investigation on Tuesday due to a report from a concerned citizen.

Arrested is Chris Smith, 18. Also arrested in connection to this investigation is Smith’s father, Stoney Cox, 47. Cox was arrested on weapons and property crime charges.

Both Smith and Cox will be formally charged on Monday, January 14th.
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