2 charged with murder in death of north Arkansas man

January 3, 2020 GMT

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Two men have been charged with murder in the death of a 20-year-old north Arkansas man whose remains were found in December after he had been reported missing months earlier, authorities announced Thursday.

Tyler Wade Pickett was reported missing in September to the Mountain Home police department. His mother had not had any contact with him since April.

Investigators had no luck with their search until a tip in December led them to Norfork, located southeast of Mountain Home.

In a search of a property around the White River, authorities found remains later identified as Pickett.

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office said it interviewed 37-year-old Jeffery Scott Shepherd, who told authorities he had gone to the property on June 27 and met Pickett and another man, 26-year-old James Tyler Davis.

Authorities say Shepherd confessed to knocking Pickett unconscious and that he and Davis then walked Pickett to a rubbish pile, where they fatally shot him with a rifle.

Prosecutors have charged Shepherd and Davis each with murder in the first degree and with battery.

Authorities say both Shepherd and Davis are in custody. Jail records didn’t list attorneys for either of them.