Update: Arrest Made in Fort Smith Double Homicide, Second Suspect in Custody

Police say elderly couple murdered in their home, bodies found Tuesday


LOGAN COUNTY, Ark. - A teen wanted in connection to a double homicide in Fort Smith is in custody Wednesday night. 

Lewis Shores, 19, was taken in to custody by Arkansas State Police (ASP) shortly before 10 p.m. on South Walnut Street in Booneville. 

As of Wednesday night, Shores has not been formally charged. 

Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks says ASP, Fort Smith Police, Magazine Police, Arkansas Game and Fish, and the Arkansas Department of Corrections all participated in locating Shores. 

Fort Smith Police did confirm on Wednesday that Shores may be connected to the double homicide of an elderly couple this week in Fort Smith. 


LOGAN COUNTY, Ark. - Authorities in Logan County are searching for another suspect that could be related to the double homicide in Fort Smith. 

Authorities have identified the suspect wanted in the ongoing man hunt as Lewis Shores, 19.

Fort Smith Police and Sebastian County deputies are assisting in the search.

Captain Philip Pevehouse says Sebastian County deputies are assisting in the search. 

Law enforcement are searching near the downtown Booneville area. 

FORT SMITH, Ark. - Authorities say an arrest has been made in a case connected to an elderly couple being found dead in their home on Tuesday.

Gentry Rainwater, Jr., 37, is jailed on a parole hold for now, according to his booking record. He was taken into custody late Tuesday night. 

The couple has been identified as Jimmy Grubb, 81, and Norma Grubb, 79. Their bodies were found shortly after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon inside a home in the 7700 block of Hermitage Drive. The Fort Smith Police Department (FSPD) says Rainwater is their grandson and that he lived with them. 

Authorities say the bodies were found during a welfare check that was requested by Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks after his deputies responded to a three-car accident near Booneville allegedly involving Rainwater, who then ran from the scene.

Logan County requested that FSPD officers go to the Grubb's home to try and determine the identity of the driver of a vehicle involved in the accident, who was last seen walking away from the scene along Hwy. 10 East. The driver was described as a slender, fair-skinned white male, wearing a blue t-shirt, light colored shorts and red shoes.

Officers went to the front door of the Grubb's home and were unable to get anyone to answer. When they checked in the back they found Mrs. Grubb's body on the floor and soon after found Mr. Grubb's body inside the home.

After speaking with acquaintances, investigators began looking for Rainwater.

Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, detectives with the FSPD and members of the Arkansas Parole Office Fugitive Task Force found and arrested Rainwater in the 2900 block of Memphis Street.

Police say he and his girlfriend, Destiny Joslin, were both found to be in possession of methamphetamines. Both were taken to the police department for questioning. Following the interviews  Rainwater was arrested and taken to the Sebastian County Detention Center where he was charged for his parole absconding warrant and drug possession. Destiny Joslin was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension.

The investigation into the homicides of Jimmy and Norma Grubb continues. Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the FSPD at 479-709-5100. Individuals with information may also call Crime-stoppers at 78-CRIME, where persons providing information leading to an arrest in this case may also be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.

FORT SMITH, Ark. - The Logan County Sheriff's Office says a suspect that might be involved in a double homicide was in a three-vehicle accident in Booneville earlier today. 

Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks says the accident happened in the 2700 block of Highway 10 West of Booneville. 

The sheriff said that after the accident, a man wearing a navy blue shirt, blue jeans, and red shoes ran away from the accident. 

Sheriff Hicks said when authorities ran the plates of the vehicle that the suspect had wrecked, the tags came back to a residence in Fort Smith. 

The sheriff said Fort Smith Police are working on getting a search warrant at the home of the owner of the vehicle.  

Original story:
FORT SMITH, Ark. - Police confirm that a woman and a man have been found dead inside a home Tuesday afternoon. 

The Logan County Sheriff's Office responded to an accident Tuesday and afterward they called the Fort Smith Police Department (FSPD) and asked an officer to do a welfare check.

The FSPD says the bodies were found at a home on the 7700 block of Hermitage Dr. near the intersection of Hermitage and Cavanaugh Road. 

Police say foul play is suspected in the deaths and the investigation is ongoing. 

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