Sheriff: Teen Arrested In NE Arkansas Girl's Death

Aug 29, 2013

Jessica Williams

Authorities in northeast Arkansas have arrested a teenager suspected of killing an 11-year-old girl.

Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook said Thursday that the 17-year-old was arrested in connection with the death of 11-year-old Jessica Williams.

Authorities have not released the name of the teen, who has not been formally charged in Jessica's death.

Authorities found Jessica's body in a ditch on Wednesday morning after her father told investigators she was last seen playing with a dog and riding a bike on Tuesday evening near Gosnell.

Cook says her body was a few miles from where she was last seen.

It's not clear how or exactly when Jessica died. Cook says he has yet to receive the preliminary results from her autopsy.