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story.lead_photo.caption Elvia Fragstein’s silver 2013 Honda CR-V was found charred Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Pine Bluff in the 300 block of North Elm Street, days after her body was found along a rural Jefferson County road.

Authorities on Tuesday located the SUV of a 71-year-old woman believed to have been abducted in central Arkansas before being found dead along a rural road last week.

Jefferson County sheriff’s office spokesman Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr. said in a statement that Elvia Fragstein’s silver 2013 Honda CR-V was found charred that morning in the 300 block of North Elm Street in Pine Bluff.

The Wooster resident’s body was found Wednesday by a motorist in a wooded area along Gibb Anderson Road in rural Jefferson County, south of Pine Bluff. Fragstein’s death has been ruled a homicide.

The Faulkner County sheriff’s office says Fragstein’s husband, Helmut Fragstein, reported her missing July 7 after she did not return from a shopping trip in Conway.

Security footage at the Conway Commons shopping center showed Fragstein leaving T.J. Maxx around 3:30 p.m. that day. Her Honda was then seen traveling through the parking lot and along Elsinger Boulevard “at a high rate of speed,” authorities said.

Police have arrested two teenagers — 18-year-old Tacori Mackrell and 16-year-old Robert Lee Smith Jr. — on kidnapping and theft of property counts in Fragstein’s abduction. They are expected to be charged as adults.

Smith was transported from Jefferson County to Faulkner County on Monday, and Mackrel was awaiting transport to Faulkner County as of Tuesday morning.

“Both will likely face additional charges pending formal filing by the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s office,” Woods said.

Assisting in the search for Fragstein’s vehicle were the Jefferson County and Faulkner County sheriff’s offices as well as police departments in Conway and Pine Bluff.

The Honda has been “secured for forensic processing,” according to authorities.


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  • dearlo
    July 17, 2018 at 1:27 p.m.

    Scum, that is why we have the death penalty. Use it more often and much sooner. Bullets are cheaper!

  • Lsull
    July 17, 2018 at 1:56 p.m.

    More of the same, doesn't end and don't until they're locked up for life. Going to have to build more prison's unfortunately.

  • MaxCady
    July 17, 2018 at 2:51 p.m.

    Now that we know that the husband didn't do it, her abduction and murder is all the more horrifying by the randomness of it. A 71 year old woman??!! It's just sickening. The 16 year old probably can't be sentenced to life without, but Duh-cori deserves the needle, and I'll volunteer right now to be a witness.

  • woowhoo
    July 17, 2018 at 4:24 p.m.

    I'm sure the boy's mamas will be saying, "They're both good boys. They'd do anything for you. They go to church; this isn't like them."

  • DANNY46
    July 17, 2018 at 8:26 p.m.

    Their mothers will be saying they are good boys. They are P.O.S.'s. They were not raised right. Of course they are from Jefferson County the arm pit of the world!!! This is why we have the death penalty.

  • Foghorn
    July 17, 2018 at 9:45 p.m.

    The parents of the 16yr old should hang with him.

  • bosoxfan
    July 17, 2018 at 11:28 p.m.

    This crime doesn't make sense to me. There's got to be more to this. 2 Pine Bluff teenagers go 70 miles to Conway and randomly abduct a 71 yr old woman in broad daylight. Then drive her back to Pine Bluff to kill her and torch the car.