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Man arrested in deaths of 2 found inside vehicle at Arkansas junkyard

by Brandon Riddle | September 22, 2016 at 5:52 p.m.
Tyler Barefield, 35, of Russellville

A Russellville man is being held on two counts of capital murder in the deaths of two men found inside a vehicle at a salvage yard in Pope County, according to the sheriff's office.

In a statement Thursday evening, the agency said Tyler Barefield, 35, of Russellville was arrested earlier in the day in the slayings of Aaron Brock, 22, and Beau DeWitt, 22, both of Dardanelle. Their deaths are being investigated as homicides.

Brock and DeWitt were found when Pope County sheriff’s deputies responded around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday to U-Pull-It Auto Parts at 3001 S. Mobile Ave. in southeast Russellville. Both went missing Friday.

The owner of the salvage yard is listed as Randy Barefield on the Arkansas Secretary of State's website, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported. It was not immediately clear what relation, if any, the owner had to Tyler Barefield.

Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones noted that numerous agencies — his office, as well as the Arkansas State Police, Russellville Police Department, 5th Judicial Drug Task Force, Alcohol and Tobacco and Firearm Bureau and Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons — are involved in the homicide investigation.

“The investigation is ongoing and due to the nature of this crimes, no further details will be released,” the sheriff’s office said in the statement.

Barefield is set to appear Friday from the Pope County jail for a video bond hearing before Pope County District Judge Don Bourne.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Beau DeWitt (left) and Aaron Brock, both 22, of Pope County

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