Body Found In Shallow Grave In Crawford County Identified

A man whose body was found in a shallow grave in Crawford County has been identified as Jamison Lee Plum, Sheriff Ron Brown said.

“I can`t even look at a picture right now without breaking down,” Plum’s aunt Lindsey Dunn said.

The Alma man died of a gunshot to the chest and was buried in a sallow grave behind a house in Rudy, officials said.

“He was completely black from being there for a whole week in a shallow grave,” Dunn said.

Two half-brothers were jailed Monday (June 30) after authorities acting on a tip found the body buried behind a house on Arkansas 348. Jonathan Bridgewater and Nicholas Barrows were booked into the Crawford County Jail and are facing first-degree murder charges, records show. Each is being held on a $250,000 bond. They are set to appear in court on July 8.

Investigators also recovered three unexploded pipe bombs in a house near the grave site. Those bombs were detonated on Monday (June 30).

Brown said a tip came in Sunday night (June 29) that a body was buried in a grave behind the house in Rudy.  Property records show the house is owned by Chester and Virgin  Bridgewater.

After serving a search warrant, deputies found the body, Brown said.

According to a probably cause affidavit, Barrows shot the suspect in the woods on June 24 or June 25, believing he had raped someone Barrows knows. That female is in a juvenile detention facility, the affidavit states.

An eyewitness who heard two gunshots and screams was shown the body by Bridgewater, the affidavit states. The eyewitness’ name is redacted from the affidavit.

“We just all want to give him a hug and a kiss one last time and we will never get that chance anymore,” said Dunn.

Bridgewater told the eyewitness he was wearing the victim’s black Nike Shox sneakers and that Barrows had his wallet. Barrows was seen coming out of the woods after the shooting, holding a shotgun and limping, the affidavit states.

 

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