Possible human remains found in Jessieville area

A Garland County Sheriff's Department patrol unit. - File photo by The Sentinel-Record
A Garland County Sheriff's Department patrol unit. - File photo by The Sentinel-Record

Possible human remains were found Saturday in a wooded area off Highway 7 north, the Garland County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release issued Monday.

At around 1 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a call that came in about possible human remains found in an area off Highway 7 north, Sgt. John Schroeder, the GCSO public information officer, said in the release.

The Garland County Criminal Investigation Division along with the Garland County coroner’s office responded to the scene and collected possible human remains which were then sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to positively determine if they are human remains and for DNA testing to see if the remains can be identified.

“This is an ongoing investigation, if you have any information pertaining to this case please contact the Garland County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 501-622-3660,” Schroeder said.

Multiple searches have been held in the same general area by family members and friends of Amir Isaiah Ellis, 20, of Hot Springs, who was reported missing on May 17. Ellis’ mother, Jessica Ellis, has said she received tips that her son’s body might be found in the Jessieville area.

Three teen suspects were arrested on May 27 in Fort Smith in connection with the kidnapping of Amir Ellis. Nathaniel Allen Speed, 18, who lists a Centerview Street address, Alexia Tamaara Chambers, 18, who is reportedly homeless, and a juvenile, under the age of 18, whose name is not being released, were each charged with a felony count of kidnapping, punishable by up to life in prison. Speed and Chambers are each being held in the Garland County Detention Center on $1 million bonds.

Ellis’ mother, Jessica posted on Facebook Saturday night that “It’s been almost 8 long months of praying, trusting, believing, not believing, then believing again, that my prayers for you to be found would be answered. Today, human remains were found in Jessieville that is likely yours! We won’t be sure until test come back, but Son, I believe with all my broken heart that I AM ABOUT TO BRING YOU, AMIR ELLIS, HOME! … as hard as this is and as bad as my heart aches right now, I pray … to God, that in a few days, I’ll have you back and can give you the PEACE & JUSTICE you so rightly fully deserve. I love you son, and I will never give up, I meant that! No matter what! I love you so much son and I’m so sorry they hurt you son, but Gods will, will be done for everyone involved!

“Please pray for me and my boys, our lives are forever changed.”

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