Multiple Agencies Help with Child’s Homicide Investigation


Many law enforcement agencies and child protective services in Benton County are working with Bentonville Police to investigate the death of a 6-year-old girl.

They are part of the Child Abduction Response Team or CART. The group set up a mobile command unit in the neighborhood on S.E. A St. where the child was found dead Tuesday morning.

Inside the unit members of CART have access to phones, internet and mapping systems. There’s also a mobile dispatcher available.

 CART provides extra manpower, officials say.

 “While they are tied up at the scene our team, which is comprised of detectives and policemen from across the county, can come in and help canvass a neighborhood,” said Wes Bryant, CART Coordinator. “They can speak to drivers, they can handle leads that come through that get called in and follow up on those things.”

Members of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County were also on hand to offer support to the family.

CART team leader Natalie Tibbs said this is the time to unite forces.

“When something like this happens, this is when you really see a community come together because one child is too many,” Tibbs said.

Representatives from the Department of Human Services are also assisting in the investigation.

Read more about the homicide investigation.