Update: Sweet Home Man Sought in Murder of Own Aunt, Arrested in Fort Smith

Crime
Update (March 6):
FORT SMITH, AR – A Pulaski County murder suspect has been arrested in Fort Smith.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday when deputies with the U.S. Marshals Service took Houston Henry into custody.

Henry, 56, was wanted for the February 13th murder of his aunt.

The body of Joyce Taylor, 77, was found in her residence off Neely Road in Sweet Home.

According to a news release, investigators with the U. S. Marshals Service started working the case Tuesday after being contacted by Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office with information Henry was in the Fort Smith area.  

After numerous interviews and hours of surveillance, deputy marshals developed information Henry was hanging out in the food cafeteria at Sparks Hospital. Deputy marshals coordinated with Sparks Hospital Security where a positive identification was made, at which time Henry was arrested without incident.  

Henry was taken to the Sebastian County Detention Center to be held while awaiting extradition back to Pulaski County.  

Original story (Feb. 28):
PULASKI COUNTY, AR — A man is still on the run two weeks after Pulaski County authorities say he murdered his aunt.

Deputies say if you see Houston Henry to keep your distance. He is considered dangerous. Neighbors say, like the police, they want Henry caught.

“She was a nice lady, she really was a nice lady,” says neighbor David Kendricks.

Kendricks has lived on Neely Road for more than 20 years. He says he’d gotten to know Joyce Taylor, who lived across the street. When he heard she was murdered, he didn’t take the news lightly.

“I was very sad about it,” says Kendricks.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office says the killer is Taylor’s nephew, Houston Henry. Deputies say Henry was last seen driving off in a gold 1997 Mazda Protege two weeks ago, the night Taylor is believed to have been killed. 

“We’ve entered the car into the national database as being stolen,” says Lt. Cody Burk, spokesman for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say the car belonged to Taylor. Deputies say finding the car could help catch the 56-year-old alleged killer.

“We’ve put out a ‘Be on the Lookout’ to other law enforcement agencies in the area,” says Burk.

Kendricks says he remembers the small interactions he had with his neighbor. “I bought her flowers a few summers ago,” says Kendricks. And hopes police find the man. “I hope ya’ll catch ’em. She’s one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet.”

Deputies say Henry is facing a capital murder charge. 

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