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Crime lab confirms body found is missing Pine Bluff woman

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – On Thursday, the Arkansas State Crime Lab confirmed that a body found in Pine Bluff is that of a missing Arkansas woman.

The remains of 23-year-old Maranda Goldman were recovered by detectives of the Pine Bluff Police Department on Tuesday.

Goldman was reported missing on October 8. She told her mother she was going to fill out a job application at the Goodwill store in Pine Bluff that afternoon. She was last heard from after leaving the store around 4:30 p.m. Her car was later found in the parking lot.

Reports state that the cause of death has not been determined. Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more details as they become available.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or the Dispatch Center at 870-541-5300.

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Inmate electrocuted at state prison in Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Officials say an inmate was killed in a construction accident at the Arkansas Department of Correction's Ester Unit in Pine Bluff.

Correction department spokeswoman Cathy Frye says the accident happened Monday at the prison. Frye says 38-year-old Richard W. Eaton was electrocuted while working on a metal ceiling.

The death is under investigation.

Frye says Eaton was serving a 25-year sentence for a 2003 rape conviction out of Hot Spring County.

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Body found in Pine Bluff believed to be missing woman


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Family members are shocked with feelings of despair as they wait to hear if the body found this morning is that of Maranda Goldman.

Detectives with the Pine Bluff Police Department investigated an anonymous tip that there was a body in a wooded area northeast of the intersection of 38th and Ohio.

Around 8:35 a.m., after an extensive ground search, a badly decomposed body of a white female was discovered.

Goldman told her mother she was going to fill out a job application the afternoon of Thursday Oct. 8 at the Goodwill store in Pine Bluff. She was last heard from after leaving the store around 4:30 p.m. Her car was found in the parking lot.

PB business robbed several times finally captures suspects on camera

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A business in Pine Bluff that has been robbed several times this year finally caught two suspects on surveillance footage.

Graves and Associates located at 3104 S. Catalpa in Pine Bluff along with the Pine Bluff Police Department is asking for the public's help in tracking down the two men the business captured on security footage on October 31 robbing from the business.

Anyone with information about the identity of these males is asked to call the detective office at (870) 730-2090 or dispatch at (870) 541-5300.

Pedestrian hit-and-run leaves one injured

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – According to Pine Bluff police, an early evening pedestrian hit-and-run left one person injured.

Police reports state that around 6:45 p.m., a pickup truck collided with a pedestrian in the 1700 block of West 13th Ave. Following the collision the vehicle continued east on 13th Ave without stopping. A witness at the scene identified the vehicle as a dark colored four-door pickup with tinted windows.

The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance with what is believed to be non life-threatening injuries. No name has been released at this time.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more details as they become available.

Anyone with information regarding this vehicle is asked to contact the Pine Bluff Police at 870-541-5300 or 870-730-2090.

Man run over while protecting his sister from ex-boyfriend

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A family fight in Pine Bluff Saturday lead to the death of a loved one, and now the family of 39 year-old Jimmy Edwards is left looking for answers.

Edwards died after getting hit by a truck driven by his sister's ex-boyfriend. His sister's ex-boyfriend is 44-year-old Will Dodson. Family and police say Edwards' sister had been arguing with Dodson. When Dodson backed out of the family's driveway on Mallard Drive, Dodson struck Edwards with his truck.

Dodson took off, but deputies found him hours later in Monticello. They arrested him and are holding him in the Jefferson County detention center.

Dodson's arrest gives the Edwards very little comfort. "He will always be my baby," said Edwards' mother, Betty Edwards.

Man killed after being struck by truck during domestic disturbance

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A Jefferson County man died on Saturday after being struck by a truck off the 3900 block of Mallard Drive during a domestic disturbance.

The man, identified as Jimmy Edwards, 39, of Jefferson County had been involved in an on-going dispute that originated in Star City, Ark. Edwards was hit by a truck driven by Will Dodson of Mississippi, who is believed to be the boyfriend of Edwards' sister.

Witness accounts of the disturbance stated that Edwards was initially struck by Dodson after coming to the aid of his sister. Dodson then proceeded to leave in his truck, but while doing so fatally struck Edwards. Dodson drove away from the scene in a Dodge Dually pickup truck. 

At 2:30 p.m., Major Layfayette Woods with the Jefferson County Sheriff's office announced that Dodson was arrested and transported to the Detention Center.