Fort Smith Police Identify Man Whose Body Was Found In Arkansas River

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- A body was found in Fort Smith on Tuesday (March 21) near the Midland Avenue bridge, according to police.

An Arkhola Sand Plant employee found the body of a 46-year-old Matthew Wood, said Sgt. Daniel Grubbs with the Fort Smith Police Department.

The employee found Wood's body on the Fort Smith side of the Arkansas River, just south of the Simmons Foods plant near the bridge. Grubbs estimated that Wood had died sometime in the last couple of weeks.

His Ford Explorer was found parked in the parking lot of Fort Smith Park. It was locked and appeared Wood had been living out of his vehicle.

Van Buren police originally responded, but the Fort Smith police took over the death investigation. Grubbs said there was no trauma on Wood's body, so foul play is not expected. His body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab.

Grubbs said Wood isn't from the area. His last known address was in Danville, Arkansas.

Wood had not been reported missing.

This is a developing story.

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