Girls ages 6, 4 along with stepdad found dead at home in SW Arkansas
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
Friday, December 07, 2012
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — Two young girls and their stepfather were found dead in their home along a dead-end street on the south side of Arkadelphia, state police said Friday in announcing a search for the killer.
State police identified those killed Thursday as Bobby Jean Galbraith, 40; Adiele Crutchfield, 6; and Marley Crutchfield, 4. A 6-month-old girl, believed to be Galbraith’s daughter, was found safe in the home, state police said.
Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson said Friday there is no sign anyone else is in danger, but he refused to take questions from reporters.
“The investigation is ongoing and we are pursuing numerous leads,” Watson said as he read from a prepared statement. “Based on the evidence and information presently known, there is no indication that anyone else is in immediate danger.”
Watson would not say whether anyone has been questioned, detained or arrested in connection with the three deaths.
“I understand that the public and the media want more details at this time, but we cannot and will not comment further,” Watson said.
Yellow police tape surrounded the one-story, white wood-frame house Friday as investigators made their way through red ribbons that lined the front porch landing. Cheerful Christmas decorations, including inflatable penguins and giant lollipops, stood in the yard, as did a sign that said, “A Girl Scout lives here.”
The child’s mother, Anna Galbraith, called police Thursday night after arriving at the home and finding her daughters dead, according to a report from the Arkadelphia Police Department. An officer found Bobby Galbraith’s body and the unharmed infant.
State police said a cause of death for all three victims is unknown and would be determined through autopsies at the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock. The Arkadelphia police report said a firearm was used as a weapon in at least one of the killings and that it happened between 6 p.m. and 8:11 p.m. Thursday.
State police Col. Stan Witt asked residents to pass along clues and said agents would “work non-stop” to find those responsible for the deaths.
Investigators spent the day going in and out of the home where the bodies were found, but there was no indication in the neighborhood of a manhunt. Neighbors made sure the family’s cats, which were milling about outside, were fed.