Update: Man formally charged with murder after body found in trunk

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GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. – Authorities have identified the victim that was discovered inside a suspect vehicle during a traffic stop April 30. The suspect, Keith Ashlock, has been formally charged with murder. 

Authorities have identified the victim as Jimmie Fryar, 65, of Montgomery County. 

Keith Ashlock has been formally charged with first-degree murder. 

The investigation is ongoing with the Arkansas State Police and the Montgomery County Sheriff Office.  

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the Garland County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Division at 501-622-3660

Original story: 

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. – An early Tuesday morning traffic stop in Hot Springs led to a body being found.

Around 3:36 a.m a patrol deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Hwy 7 South on an unlicensed Cadillac.

After initiating the stop, the suspect vehicle fled and crashed through the gate at Hamilton Point Condominiums where the suspect ran from the scene, that’s according to a news release from the Garland County Sheriff’s Office. 

The suspect, later identified as Keith Ashlock, 58, of Pine Ridge was found on top of one of the buildings and was talked down by deputies. 

Ashlock was arrested and charged with fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, criminal mischief, and obstruction of governmental operations. 

During the vehicle inventory search incident to arrest, the body of a white male was found. The Criminal Investigation Division was called to the scene. 

The body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab. 

If you have any information regarding the case please contact the Garland County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Divison at 501-622-3660. 

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