The Newport Police Department is continuing the search Monday morning for the person/persons responsible for a Friday morning murder.
At approximately 11:39 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, NPD was called to 314 Vine Street where authorities found the body of 70-year-old James Morgan.
Morgan had been stabbed multiple times, according to a press release from the Newport Police Department.
Morgan's body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.
"We have spent the last few days since this incident Friday, interviewing witnesses or potential witnesses, and gathering evidence," Det. Patrick Weatherford of the NPD said by phone Monday morning. "Our investigation is continuing at this point and we hope to have a break in the case soon."
The senseless crime has shocked the community as well as Morgan’s family.
“This was so tragic and unnecessary,” Morgan’s sister, Mary Jane <a href="http://www.jacketslist.com/">moncler coats</a> said.
“We (the family) just hope that they catch whoever is responsible for this and they are brought to justice.”
The shock for Coats was worsened by the fact that she found her brother’s body in his home on Vine Street.
“I got a call from Gay Lacy wanting to know if I had talked to Jimmy,” she explained, “he said they couldn’t roust him on his cell phone, the house phone or at the door.”
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“The whole drive over I was praying that he was just unresponsive and we could do CPR or something if he had had a heart attack or something.”
She continued, “I went to put my key in the door to unlock it and it just fell open.”
Morgan, one of only three editors in the history of The Stream of History for the Jackson County Historical Society, had authored many books on the history of Jackson County and was one of the foremost authorities on the area.
“He dedicated his books to Wilma Tiner, his ninth grade teacher, who sent him to the library to do research and he was very thankful of that because he said he never stopped,” Coats said.
The Arkansas State Police has joined the Newport Police Department in the investigation.