Family photo of Gregory Pikes. He's the last one on the right. (Photo: Pikes Family)
SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Police said the body of Gregory Pikes, 19, was found by two hunters early Sunday morning in a wooded area off Highway 67 in Saline County near Haskell.
Hollis said her grandson may have taken a piece of unauthentic gold jewelry and possibly a gun from people she describes as drug dealers.
"You know, that's what you do to the dope dealer. You steal from them," said Gwendolyn Hollis, Pikes' grandmother. "A little old piece of gold nugget. [The] thing wasn't even real."
Pikes' family believes those same people are responsible for his death. They said the group threatened to take Pikes' life during a feud on Facebook.
"When they got him there, he tried to run. The police said they shot him in his back and in his arm," said Hollis. She said Pikes stayed home for two weeks out of fear the group would kill him.
"He gave my sister the password to his Facebook account saying 'If anything happens to me, here's my email and password,'" said Julius Scott, Pikes' brother.
Scott said his brother decided to leave home after two weeks, but never returned.
Lt. Scotty Courtney with the Saline County Sheriff's Department said deputies are investigating the case as a homicide.
Authorities do not have a suspect in custody, but are looking at what they call, "people of interest."
"That's what kids do. They steal from the dope dealer, and they pay the ultimate price. They get killed," said Hollis.