Update: $1 Million Bond Set for Each Suspect in Killing of KS Couple

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CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ark. – A $1 million bond has been set for each of the three suspects arrested on charges in connection to the murders of Kansas couple Alfred “Sonny” and Pauline Carpenter, according to the Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.


CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ark. (AP, KNWA, KSNW) – Van Buren authorities have released more details about the killing of an elderly Kansas couple who were buried in a shallow grave in Crawford County.

They say Michael Fowler, 54, confessed to shooting the victims, and with accomplices, dumping the bodies of Alfred “Sonny” and Pauline Carpenter. This information was revealed in a probable cause affidavit.

The Van Buren Police Department on Wednesday said they received information about a woman, Christine Tenney, who was kidnapped and taken to Van Buren. 

Police said the couple who kidnapped Tenney also murdered the Carpenters in Great Bend, Kansas. 

Officers were informed that the couple was staying at the Vista Hills Apartments. The officers said they made contact with Tenney, Fowler, Rusty Fraiser, 35, and Kimberly Younger, 52. 

The officers said they located a one-ton pickup with a camper, which was registered to the Carpenters, who were not at the scene, and had been reported missing from Wichita, Kan., by their daughter. 

Fowler, Fraiser and Younger, all of whom have been identified as carnival workers, were taken into police custody. Authorities believe the couple was killed Friday after meeting the carnival workers at the Barton County Fair.

Fowler reportedly told authorities that Fraiser and a woman he referred to as “Khan” were with him when he shot the couple. Police have since identified Khan as Younger.

Fowler said they took the couple’s truck, loaded their bodies into it and drove to Van Buren. Two days after arriving there, the trio, along with Tenney and a person identified as Scott Spencer, drove to a secluded area on Star Road off State Highway 59 and dumped the bodies, covering them with the bedding out of the camper and also rocks and limbs.

Officers said they were able to locate the Rugar 9mm that Fowler said he used to kill the couple. 

Fraiser and Younger also reportedly admitted to taking the couple to Van Buren after they were murdered in Kansas and dumping the bodies.


CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ark. – The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) released new information Wednesday night about arrested suspect Myrna Khan. 

County officials say Myrna Khan’s real name is Kimberly Younger. 

CCSO says they confirmed her identity through an automatic finger print identification system. 

CCSO did not release any further details. 


CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) – The bodies of an elderly man and woman have been recovered from a shallow grave.

According to Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown, the couple was from out of state.

The Van Buren Police Department says they received information from Kansas about a possible homicide. Three people have been arrested in the case. They are identified as Rusty Frasier, 35, of Texas, Michael Fowler, 54, of Florida, and Kimberly Younger, 52, of Texas (alias – Myrna Khan). They face charges of: Abuse of a Corpse, Theft of Property and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Officials say the three may face additional charges in another jurisdiction. 

When Crawford County deputies arrived, they found the bodies from underneath a mattress in a shallow grave near a creek off of Starr Road. 

Authorities believe the victims owned a camper out of state, and that the woman was shot inside the camper. 

Authorities believe the couple was buried on Monday.

There was a missing person report filed for the male victim. 

The victims have not been identified at this time. 

In addition to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the Crawford County Coroner, Arkansas Game & Fish, U.S. Forestry Division and Arkansas State Police are at the scene. 

We have obtained this news release from Barton County, Kansas that was issued late Wednesday afternoon:
Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor announced that law enforcement officials in Kansas and another state are investigating a possible crime in Barton County that occurred within the last few days.

Mellor stated that law enforcement officers in Arkansas had initiated an investigation regarding the disappearance of two people from the county’s fairgrounds, located west of Great Bend.  When Arkansas officers began their investigation they alerted the Great Bend Police Department, which launched its own investigation.  

No further details are available at this time, said Mellor. “We ask for patience on everyone’s part.  The Great Bend Police Department has begun their investigation, and since we’re talking about a possible crime scene in two states, this won’t be easy to resolve.”

Agencies involved in the investigation are the Great Bend Police Department, the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Original story:

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) – The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office has started a homicide investigation after a body was discovered in Northwestern Crawford County this morning. 

Deputies are working a scene near Highway 59 and Natural Dam Road.

“We are at what we believe is a gravesite. [We] have not started digging yet,” says Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown.

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