FORREST CITY - The body of a black man, dressed as a woman, was found Tuesday morning just inside the city limits on Hwy. 334 East.
According to officials with the Forrest City Police Department and the St. Francis County Sheriff's Department, the man, Marcal Camero Tye, 25 of Forrest City, was found by a motorist just after 5 a.m. Tye's body was found on the north side of Hwy. 334 near the U.S. Forestry Service office.
Lt. Larry Hillis, with the St. Francis County Sheriff's Department's Criminal Investigation Division, said the investigation is being handled jointly through both departments.
"We're handling this as a joint investigation between the Sheriff's Department and the Forrest City Police Department. We believe the incident happened in the county, and the body was found inside Forrest City," said Hillis.
Detective Lt. Travis Hill, with the Forrest City Police Department, said authorities could not say what had caused Tye's death, but did confirm that his body had been dragged several hundred feet underneath a vehicle.
"At this point, all we can say is that the body suffered extensive damage and was dragged about 200 feet before it came to rest. We're still investigating the incident at this time, and we can't say much more," said Hill.
The body was transported to the Arkansas Crime Lab in Little Rock for an autopsy.
Investigators with both agencies were searching an area east of the Forestry Service this morning for evidence.
The murder is the first of the year for both St. Francis County and Forrest City.
The last homicide reported in Forrest City was in September of last year when two people were killed in related incidents. The last homicide reported in St. Francis County was in June when a 61-year-old woman was shot outside her home in Widener.