UPDATE: Man arrested in connection to Searcy homicide

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SEARCY, Ark. — On May 21, at 4:30 p.m., The Searcy Police Department served 26-year-old Hunter D. Bishop a warrant for Capital Murder Class Y Felony in connection to the murder of 23-year-old Madison Clevenger.

On Friday, May 15, officers with the Searcy Police Department responded to Horton Street to check the welfare of Clevenger where they found her dead.

Bishop was already being held at the White County Law Enforcement Center on the charges of Possession of a Firearm By Certain Persons and Theft by Receiving.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the Searcy Police Department at (501) 279-1038. Additionally, all information can be given anonymously.


SEARCY, Ark. — A welfare check in Searcy leads officers to a home where they found a woman dead. Now it’s being investigated as a homicide.

It happened this morning at a home on Horton Street.

Police are not telling us much about the investigation. We spent the afternoon reaching out to family, friends, and the victims’ job. They didn’t want to speak and we ask that you keep them in your prayers.

“It’s very tragic,” said Todd DeWitt from the Searcy Police Department.

Police in Searcy are investigating its second homicide in two weeks.

“As much that is going on, Searcy is still a good town,” said DeWitt.

Officers were called to check on 23-year-old Madison Clevenger because she was not showing up for work and answering her phone. She was found dead inside the home.

“We sent the body off to the crime lab,” said DeWitt.

The St. Francis County EMSA posted a photo on their Facebook page saying Madison worked as an EMT.

“Anytime especially in the town of Searcy we are not like big towns, we don’t have a lot of issues with crime, but here recently it’s been kind of ramped up a little bit,” said DeWitt.

Police need your help bringing the family justice.

“We just send our prayers out to them right now,” said DeWitt.

If you know anything about this incident you are asked to give Searcy Police a call.

SEARCY, Ark. — On Friday, May 15 around 8:15 a.m., officers with the Searcy Police Department responded to Horton Street to check the welfare of Madison Clevenger, 23 of Searcy.

Police said the check was made due to her not showing up to work as well as not answering her phone.

After officers entered the home, Clevenger was found dead. The incident is being investigated as a homicide.

If anyone has any information on this case you are asked to call Searcy Police.

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