WARD, Ark. – It’s been six days since a woman was murdered in her home in the small community of Ward. The person police believe is responsible is still on the run. Neighbors say they are in shock this case continues.
The Ward Police Department says within the last five years they have only investigated 3 homicides. Two are solved and the latest one is still under investigation.
Even though the police department can’t comment on this current case, people that live next door to the crime scene say this is the last thing they would expect to happen.
Ashley Jackett and her sister Stacey Anderson live just across the street from where Lori Hannah lived with her boyfriend Brian Keith Freeman.
“She was very sweet. She always hugged me and she was always smiling. She was full of life and full of love. It’s, I don’t know, it’s strange,” said Jackett.
Detectives were still at the home Tuesday gathering evidence. State Police officials say on Thursday March 23rd, Ward Police found Hannah dead inside the home.
“They had the police tape up around the whole house and there were six or seven detectives out there,” said Anderson.
Authorities are still looking for Freeman days after the murder. State Police say he has ties to Texas and Oklahoma.
“He needs to be taken off the street. They need to find him. [We need] justice for Lori,” said Jackett.
Jackett says they didn’t know Freeman well, but he made himself known in the neighborhood.
“He was always sitting out front. He was always watching people so he knows what people drive,” said Jackett.
The sisters say they can barely wrap their minds around this homicide, especially in their quiet, family-oriented neighborhood.
“You think something like that wouldn’t happen in a small little towns like these, but I mean, we have a two-year-old running around the house. It makes you think twice,” said Anderson.
They say Hannah also had a child, and a lot friends, too. They say what happened at the house is a tragedy.
“She didn’t deserve this. Her daughter didn’t deserve this. It’s not fair and they will find him,” said Jackett.
State Police say Freeman is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, don’t approach him. You’re asked to call police.