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Arkansas Doctor’s Body Found In Alabama

July 1, 1992 GMT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) _ A woman’s body found floating in a north Alabama creek was that of an Arkansas doctor last seen the day after she withdrew $1.4 million from a bank, authorities said Tuesday.

The fully clothed body of Dr. Rebecca Johnson of Ozark, Ark., who had been missing about a week, was found Sunday by a canoeist in a creek north of Florence.

Her head was covered with a plastic garbage bag tied around the neck with duct tape, Lauderdale County Coroner Billy Richardson. One wrist also was taped, indicating the woman probably had been bound, he said.

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He did not release the cause of death.

Authorities began searching for the doctor’s body June 24 after Alan Johnson, 43, of Ozark, told police he threw her body off a bridge. The two are not related.

Johnson has pleaded innocent to a capital murder charge, claiming the doctor died accidentally in a Fort Smith motel room when the two carried out an insurance-fraud scheme that required him to knock her unconscious.

She was last seen June 17, a day after withdrawing $1.4 million from a bank at Danville, Ark., telling officials she planned to buy some art with the money. Alan Johnson said they planned to double that money somehow with the insurance scheme.

Johnson and his wife, Libby, who had been a bookkeeper at the doctor’s clinic, were charged with theft of property after they were arrested June 19 at Memphis, Tenn., with $1.37 million of the money withdrawn by the doctor.

Mrs. Johnson is free on $10,000 bond. Her husband was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

On Tuesday, Lauderdale County sheriff’s deputies also arrested Kenneth Earl Glover, 37, of Sheffield. He was being held in the county jail on $5,000 bond, charged with hindering prosecution. No details of his alleged crime were released.