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story.lead_photo.caption Nicholas Ian Roos, Mikayla Jordan Mynk and Zach Tyler Grayham ( Baxter County sheriff's office )


Two men and a woman are facing charges including capital murder in the deaths of an elderly couple whose home was burned down.

The Baxter County sheriff's office said Nicholas Ian Roos, 24; Mikayla Jordan Mynk, 20; and Zach Tyler Grayham, 23, were each arrested and charged in the deaths of 75-year-old Donald Lee Rice and 71-year-old Ladonna J. Rice.

Two sets of human remains were found last week in the wreckage of the Rices' burned home. One set of remains was positively identified as Donald Lee Rice while a DNA test on the second set is pending to confirm it is Ladonna J. Rice.

Police said Roos and Mynk were developed as suspects in the killings from a tip and then arrested Wednesday on unrelated burglary charges.

A search of Mynk's residence later revealed items taken from the Rice home, Baxter County sheriff John Montgomery said in a statement.

"Investigators believe the suspects ... killed Donald Rice and Ladonna Rice, and then stole various items of personal property, including a large screen TV ... before setting fire to the residence," Montgomery wrote. "The suspects then left the residence in the stolen 2015 pearl white GMC Sierra Denali truck that belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Rice."

Grayham was arrested Friday. All three suspects are being held without bail pending initial court appearances set for Thursday.

- Gavin Lesnick


The Baxter County sheriff’s office said Monday it has made an arrest “of persons” in connection with a homicide and arson case involving an elderly couple.

Donald Rice, 75, and Ladonna Rice, 71, have been missing since a fire was reported at their home, 447 Baxter Road 508, on Nov. 7. Investigators said last week that at least one set of human remains were found in the home.

Authorities matched the VIN number from a burned vehicle found in a remote area along Baxter County Road 1 to a 2015 GMC Sierra Denali pickup missing from the home, ArkansasOnline previously reported.

A sheriff's office spokesman was not immediately available and additional details on the arrest were not released Monday morning ahead of a press conference scheduled for 2 p.m.

- Sara Janak


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Archived Comments

  • mrcharles
    November 16, 2015 at 4:42 p.m.

    They appear to be white people. Seems to be an epidemic of this happening.

  • LR1955
    November 16, 2015 at 4:52 p.m.

    I use to think about retiring to a small community in the mountains or near a lake, you know, getting out of the city. But with all these these recent heneous crimes by career criminals & hillbilly meth heads....the urban jungle don't look too bad.
    Rural AR could be a source of stories for "Criminal Minds"

  • 3WorldState1
    November 16, 2015 at 6:14 p.m.

    White culture has a problem.

  • SWAL
    November 16, 2015 at 6:31 p.m.

    all three knot heads have the same hair-do......

  • pauljohnson
    November 16, 2015 at 7:46 p.m.

    All colors and all races kill. We cannot continue to blame races on killings. Death is not based on race or color or economic status. What happened here is a heinous crime, no matter who committed it. Let's leave race and color out of this debate. Killers are killers, no matter what color.

  • Kharma
    November 16, 2015 at 8:54 p.m.

    Per the FBI's website (I just looked) there were 5,723 murders reported in 2013. Blacks are reported to have committed 2,698 of them. That is over 47% and blacks are only 12.3% of the population.

    (Non-Hispanic) Whites, who comprise around 63% of the population, committed 2755 murders - only 57 more and there are 5.12 times as many whites as are there blacks. So, unless my math is specious or the FBI's stats are wrong, our takeaway today is that blacks murder at a rate of about 4X their representative percentage of the population, and at about 5X the rates that whites do.

    Yuck it up leftists but whatever the math blacks just do commit murders at a rate far greater than do whites. Not debatable. Black violence matters.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    November 16, 2015 at 9:35 p.m.

    pauljohnson ........ You correct ....... Kharma ..... you are a racist ...... I live in the mountains by a lake and my 3 Glocks are color blind.

  • Kharma
    November 16, 2015 at 9:51 p.m.

    @ FSM - I am a racist because I posted the truth in response to leftist insinuations re: white murderers? U R funny.

  • Kharma
    November 16, 2015 at 10:22 p.m.

    Those same FBI statistics show that over 90% of homicides of blacks are perpetrated by other blacks. Black lives apparently don't matter to the blacks themselves but they should matter to whom? Every other race?. But alas the truth is of no moment.

    And look up on the net what the black lies matters movement did at a library at Dartmouth today. It is all over the net. They went through the library screaming in the faces of whites trying to study in peace. Oh yes - there is video.

  • 3WorldState1
    November 16, 2015 at 11:48 p.m.

    So white people commit more murders. Got it.