BALD KNOB, Ark. – A 6-year-old child was found dead from what was believed to be a homicide committed by the father, who was later found dead from a suicide, a press release from White County Sheriff’s Office said.
At about 12:46 PM Tuesday, June 16, the White County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Bald Knob Police Department asking for assistance. Deputies responded to the 300 block of W. Cleveland Street in Bald Knob regarding an unresponsive 6 year old female in the home.
A crime scene was established, and detectives with the White County Sheriff’s Department responded to investigate the incident and found evidence of a homicide.
Evidence was also located that indicated her father, Willie Isacc Pedigo, was the suspect and responsible for her death. Pedigo could not be located and a phone ping was established and traced to a remote area in Bald Knob. Willie Pedigo was found in his vehicle and appeared to have overdosed in an attempted suicide. Deputies began administering life saving techniques. Northstar Ambulance service arrived and transported Pedigo to the White County Unity where he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The child has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy.