Update: $10K reward in murder of Pine Bluff businessman



PINE BLUFF, Ark. – A $10,000 reward is being offered for information in the killing of a local businessman.

The Pine Bluff Police Department (PBPD) says an employee found the body of Richard Ratliff, 69, on Monday inside an empty unit at an apartment building he owned.

An employee told us Ratliff was supposed to be on a showing at the time of the murder.

Anyone with information that will help investigators is advised to call the PBPD.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Police have identified a local businessman as the homicide victim found on Monday.

The Pine Bluff Police Department says Richard Ratliff, 69, was found dead inside a vacant apartment in a building that he owned as an income property.

Police say he was shot.

“To come and actually see it, it’s devastating,” said Chris Huggins, who worked maintenance at Ratliff’s properties. “People do things for reasons we’ll never comprehend or don’t know why.”

Huggins says his boss was supposed to be showing an empty unit at the 10th Ave. property. He says another co-worker stopped by to help and discovered the body.

“A coworker came over here looking for him [Ratliff] and found him in the tub,” Huggins said.

Police have not yet released any suspect information.

Original story:

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – A man is reported dead as police investigate a Monday homicide.

Police say the victim was found dead inside an apartment on W. 10th Avenue.

Additional details from this police news release:
Officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department are in the early stages of investigating a homicide. Officers were dispatched to 2202 W. 10th in reference to a medical call. Once there, Officers found a white male inside of an apartment, with an apparent gunshot wound, unresponsive. The male was later pronounced dead. The identity of the male is not being released until next of kin is notified.

It is still early in the investigation and the detectives are actively investigating. There is no suspect information. This is the city’s 26th homicide.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or Dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via Facebook at the contact information listed below.

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pinebluff.pbpd/

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