Body of missing Drew County man found, authorities say

State News

DREW COUNTY, Ark. (Press Release) – The body of a missing Drew County man was found in an area just outside of the city of Wilmar, AR. on Saturday, March 7th at 7:05 a.m. according to the Drew County Sheriff’s Office. The body was later identified as Marquis Martin, 26. 

On Saturday morning, a call came into the 911 dispatch office from a person saying a body was in a creek just outside of Wilmar. An Arkansas Game and Fish officer was on scene moments after the call and Drew County Sheriff’s officials arrived on scene along with agents of the Arkansas State Police. 

Marquis Martin was pronounced dead at 9:40 a.m. by the Drew County Coroner. Martin’s body was recovered by the agencies involved and then transported to Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello to await being transferred to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office at the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock, AR.

Marquis Martin was reported missing on February 11. Marquis was last seen on surveillance video at Murphy’s USA gas station near Walmart in Monticello on Sunday, February 9th at 9:21 pm; reportedly after leaving Murphy’s he was later driven to his home in Wilmar and dropped off.  When he failed to report for work Monday, February 9th and Tuesday, February 10th, a family friend reported to a Monticello dispatcher that Marquis was missing, at that time a missing person case was opened on Marquis Martin. The Arkansas State Police and the Drew County Sheriff’s Department began investigating the disappearance of Marquis Martin on the date that he was reported missing.

This investigation is still ongoing, anyone with information regarding the death of Marquis Martin is urged to contact the Arkansas State Police at 870-226-3713 or the Drew County Sheriff’s Department at 870-367-6211.  You can submit anonymous tips to info@drewcountysheriff.com or the Monticello Police Department’s tip line at 870-723-LEAD (5323).

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