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Security Increased at Conway Commons Shopping Center Following Kidnapping

CONWAY, Ark.- In the Conway Commons Shopping Plaza, officers circle the parking lot, trying to give customers an ease of mind.

"I just can't imagine," says Roger Hopper.

Shoppers say they can't believe 71-year-old Elvia Fragstein was abducted from the shopping center, then murdered. 

"An elderly lady, that's awful," says Michelle Mathis.

"Why Conway?" Joyce Norton, who was also shopping, asked. 

"My husband always tells me, 'Be very careful when you go out. I wish you wouldn't go out after dark," says Joyce Norton. "Most times, I don't. Sometimes I do."

Norton shops at Conway Commons at least once a week. She says last Saturday's afternoon abduction scares her.

"I'm more observant of what's going on around me," says Norton.

"I always recommend people when it gets dark, be at the house," Hopper says. "In broad daylight, I don't know. I just don't know. This is about the safest town I know of in Arkansas."

With extra patrols in place, Norton says it helps, but it won't stop her from watching her back. 

"We are a safe community," says Norton. "It'll make me more aware of when I come and go." 


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