Body Found Near I-540 Ramp In Fort Smith

FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A body was found near the Interstate 540 ramp onto Old Greenwood Road in Fort Smith on Friday (Nov. 2), according to Arkansas State Police.

Bill Sadler with ASP says police is investigating the discovery of decomposed human remains found in the right-of-way along Interstate 540 near the Old Greenwood Road at the 11-mile marker (Fort Smith). The report was received from a litter pick-up crew working in the area shortly after 11 a.m.

Sadler said Special Agents of the Criminal Investigation Division are handling the case and have sent the remains to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine an identity and the manner and cause of the death.

ASP tells 5NEWS it appears the victim was a homeless man.

Employees at Luther Stem Pools & Spas say they saw people picking up trash along the highway, and that's when they believe the crew called police about the body.  One employee at Luther Stem complained of a foul smell near his office, and he told 5NEWS it appeared the person had been dead for a long time.

Several law enforcement officers were at the scene of the investigation.

Stay with 5NEWS for updates on as police release more information.