Missing NE Arkansas man found dead in ditch

    3:38 PM, Oct 22, 2013   |    comments
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    TRUMANN, Ark. (AP) - A man from Trumann who went missing more than a week ago was found dead in a farm ditch in Lawrence County.

    Sheriff Jody Dotson says 50-year-old Steven Hooks had not been heard from since Oct. 11. His body was found late Monday afternoon.

    Dotson told Jonesboro television station KAIT (http://is.gd/oBiPpM) that a tracking device in Hooks' car was used to find it locked at the back of a farm field.

    A property owner found a pair of boots and a wallet belonging to Hooks in the area.

    A deputy used an all-terrain vehicle to search ditches in the area and found Hooks' body about a mile from the car.

    Officials say there was no evident trauma to the body, which was sent for an autopsy.

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