POLK COUNTY (KFSM) — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in finding two missing children after their mother was found dead.
Reilly James Scarbrough, 10, and his sister Acelynn Carrie Wester, 2, were last seen on Sunday, April 23. Acelynn is 2 feet tall and she weighs about 25 pounds. Reilly is 3’6″ and weighs about 60 pounds.
The body of their mother, Bethany Jo Wester, 43, was found on Tuesday (April 25) inside a creek southeast of Cove, according to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy. He confirmed the woman’s identity on Thursday (April 27). Another family member had been found dead in Hatfield. Police said a man was found inside a home.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has not released Wester’s cause of death, but confirmed they are investigating her death as a homicide.
They are missing from the Mena/Polk County area. Arkansas State Police, Mena Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children are actively searching for the children, who are considered critically endangered.
If you have any information, contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (479) 394-2511, 911, or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST).