CONWAY, Ark. – Police are trying to find the vehicle of a Greenbrier woman who was last seen Saturday afternoon, later reported missing, and then found dead in Jefferson County on Wednesday.
The Conway Police Department revealed Friday that a body found southeast of Pine Bluff had been identified as Elvia Fragstein, 71.
The CPD said Fragstein’s silver 2013 Honda CRV (photo at bottom of story) with Arkansas license plate number 453 TGO had not yet been found.
Police believe she was abducted with her car in the parking lot of the Conway Commons shopping center on Saturday afternoon.
- July 7 – Wooster – Fragstein leaves her home and heads to Conway on a shopping trip. Her husband reports her missing when she doesn’t return home.
- July 9 – Conway – The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) announces an investigation into Fragstein’s disappearance, stating when she was last seen and says her last credit card transaction was shortly before 3:30 p.m. at the TJ Maxx store July 7 in the Conway Commons shopping center.
- July 11 – Early in the day, the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office releases security footage photos showing Fragstein at a local Starbucks store and later at the TJ Maxx store. The Conway Police Department was contacted and joined the search for the missing woman. Further investigation turned up video of Fragstein’s vehicle behind the shopping center. At that point the incident turned to a possible abduction case.
- July 11 – Later in the day, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) reports a woman’s body has been found without identification in an area southeast of Pine Bluff along Gibb Anderson Rd., just south of Grider Field Ladd Rd.
- July 13 – The Conway Police Department (CPD) holds a news conference to reveal that the body found July 11 in Jefferson County has been identified as Eliva Fragstein. The CPD says a review of the shopping center security footage from July 7 shows Fragstein’s car “speeding out” of the parking lot on Elsinger Boulevard.
“While this investigation is ongoing there is reason to believe that Fragestein was forcefully taken from Conway to the Jefferson County area and killed by individuals believed to be from Jefferson County,” said a FCSO news release issued Friday.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the FCSO, the CPD, or the JCSO.