FBI, Saline Co. Sheriff, Benton police seek missing man | Crime
The Benton Police Department, in conjunction with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, and the State Crime Lab, served a search warrant relating to the disappearance of Joe Lee Richards Jr. The warrant was served in Traskwood earlier.
Richards Jr., the son of Benton alderman Joe Lee Richards, has been missing for nearly a year. The investigation into Richard’s disappearance started in the fall of last year, after his family reported him missing. The warrant was issued after recent events in the investigation into Richards’s disappearance led officers to believe the residence in Traskwood could be a crime scene related to this case.
According to Sheriff Bruce Pennington, ‘This is an example of the great working relationship the Sheriff’s Office has with the Benton Police Department, FBI, and the AR State Crime Lab.” He further added, “We are moving forward together in an attempt to resolve this case as quickly and thoroughly as possible.”
This is an on-going investigation and further information will be released as it becomes available. If anybody has information related to this case they are encouraged to contact the Saline County Sheriff’s Office at 303-5608, or the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS. www.bentonpolice.org.