Victim in Missouri murder identified as Arkansas man

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MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. (KSN/KNWA) — UPDATE: The victim in Thursday’s homicide has been identified as Christian Zigmunt from Bella Vista.

The incident occurred on Goff Ridge Road in McDonald County and the victim was dumped on Bear Hollow Road, according to authorities.

On 02-06-2020 the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office received information about a possible homicide that had occurred in the south part of rural McDonald County in the early morning hours. The investigation progressed and it was determined that a male subject was shot and killed while riding in a vehicle with some friends. The investigation determined that the suspect shot and killed the victim and forced the others to drive down the road where the suspect dumped the victim alongside a county road. The victim whose identity is not being released pending notification of family was located by law enforcement and the crime scene processed. The victim has been turned over to the McDonald County Coroner and will be sent for an autopsy. The suspect was arrested at his residence this evening and is being held pending formal criminal charges. No motive is known as to the murder at this time and investigation continues.


According to online documents Thursday, Henry Bridgeford, 25, of Noel, Missouri, was arrested and booked into the McDonald County jail. He is being held on the following:

  • 1st Degree Murder
  • Armed Criminal Action
  • Felonious Restraint

Bridgeford is being held on no bond.

Original Story:

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — The McDonald County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that occurred early this morning in the South rural part of the county.

A male was shot and killed while riding in a vehicle with friends.

The suspect forced the other occupants of the vehicle to drive further down the road where the victim was dumped.

The identity of the victim has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

The McDonald County Coroner’s office will be performing an autopsy.

The suspect was arrested this evening at his home and is being held pending formal charges.

No motive is known at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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