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2 arrested after hunters locate body near Seligman, Mo.

Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 7:49 AM CST
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SELIGMAN, Mo. (KY3) - Police in Tulsa arrested two men wanted in the death of a man whose body was found in Barry County.

A group of hunters on November 27 discovered a man’s body north of Seligman. Investigators identified the body as Richard Phillips.

Springdale Police Public information officer Lieutenant Jeff Taylor says witnesses watched two men take Phillips from a Springdale apartment on Tuesday. Police say they believe Phillips died while in Springdale. Police later identified Reginald Baker, 30, of Seligman and Daniel Blanks, 41, of Fort Smith, Ark. as suspects. A judge issued an arrest warrant for the two, wanted for battery, kidnapping, and burglary. Police located them over the weekend in Tulsa.

Baker and Blanks both face numerous charges including, residential burglary, kidnapping, and capital murder.

Taylor says it can be challenging when investigations cross state lines involving multiple law enforcement agencies.

”It just goes to show how the law enforcement community pulls together, we work together to make sure we get the right people in custody as quickly as possible,” Lt. Jeff Taylor said.

He continues to encourage the community to speak up if they see something suspicious.

”If it wouldn’t have been for the caller that saw and heard something that night we might not have been able to get on it as quickly as we were,” said Lt. Taylor.

Taylor says Baker and Blank are being held in Washington County. Crime lab examiners at the Arkansas State Crime lab will determine the cause of death. Investigators say upgraded charges could happen soon.

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