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Authorities arrest two wanted in homicide of Boone County, Ark. man

Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell and others escort murder suspect Jason Stockstill from a...
Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell and others escort murder suspect Jason Stockstill from a wooded area.(Searcy County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 11:48 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2021 at 5:41 PM CDT
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SEARCY COUNTY, Ark. (KY3) - Authorities have arrested two people wanted in connection with the shooting death of Boone County, Ark. man Tim Blackburn.

Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell and two agents from a drug task force apprehended the two suspects, Jason Lee Stockstill, 49, and Heather Dawn Scallion, 38, Thursday afternoon. Stockstill and Scallion were arrested around 3:30 p.m. Thursday on Circle H Road in Searcy County.

The arrests come one week after the Boone County Sheriff’s Office first launched a homicide investigation into the shooting death of Blackburn. At that time, a manhunt for the suspects also began in Searcy County. Authorities say Stockstill escaped into the woods near the Buffalo National River area while authorities tried to stop his vehicle on U.S. Route 65 in St. Joe, Arkansas.

Prior to the arrests, rangers with the Buffalo National River say Stockstill and Scallion were possibly attempting to flag down a driver on Calf Creek Road in the vicinity of the Middle District of the Buffalo National River. Rangers closed the Tyler Bend River Access Point, Tyler Bend Visitor Center, and Tyler Bend Campground for several days because of the manhunt.

Investigators considered Stockstill as armed and dangerous. Authorities say he was accompanied by Scallion and both have now been sent to the Searcy County Detention Center.

Authorities are looking for Jason Lee Stockstill, 49, and Heather Dawn Scallion, 38, in the...
Authorities are looking for Jason Lee Stockstill, 49, and Heather Dawn Scallion, 38, in the Buffalo National River area.(Gray Social | Searcy County Sheriff/Buffalo National River)

Assisting the Searcy County Sheriff’s Office in the search are members of the Arkansas State Police, Marshall Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Federal Park Service, 20th Judicial Task Force, Boone County Task Force, and tracking dogs from the North Central Prison Unit in Calico Rock.

“[Sheriff] Cassell extends his sincere thanks to all the agencies involved in the manhunt and search for Stockstill and Scallion,” says the Searcy County Sheriff’s Office in an update Thursday.

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