FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- A man found dead near a Fort Chaffee walking trail has been identified as David Cates, 28, according to Fort Smith Police Cpl. Tony Rice.
Earlier on Saturday (Nov. 25) Fort Smith Police confirmed a jogger found a body near Massard Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Smith on a trail at Chaffee Crossing.
Police said Cates appeared to have suffered from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. The gun and shell casing were found on site.
Rice told 5NEWS this investigation may be related to a homicide case in Arkoma.
Friends and family tell 5NEWS French was a wonderful person who was always helping others.
“He was my bestest, bestest friend,” said Cyndi McMahan. “I miss him everyday."
Cyndi said Cates had been living in a camper on French’s property and moved out two weeks before the fire.
Both bodies are currently undergoing autopsies. Stay with 5NEWS for the latest developments to this story.