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Human remains found in Bella Vista Wednesday night


Human remains were found in the woods off Ark. Hwy. 279 near the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista Wednesday night, Aug. 25, during a planned ground search.

The remains appear to be consistent with the description of Barbara Doyle, 74, who has been missing from Bella Vista since Aug. 12, according to Bella Vista Police Chief James Graves.

Doyle, 74, went missing from Brookfield Assisted Living in Bella Vista around 3 p.m. August 12, after being admitted there for the first time earlier in the day. Police were alerted just before 5 p.m. and have been searching ever since.

Multiple agencies from the area and the state have assisted Bella Vista Police Department in the search, covering more than 1,500 acres of ground and water.

The search Wednesday night was done by volunteer members of the Benton County Search and Rescue team, which is under the direction of Benton County Emergency Management.

Graves said at this time, no foul play is suspected but the scene remains under investigation and will be processed to preserve all evidence so that nothing is missed in the event more information arises in the future.