Body found in Wynne drainage ditch identified as missing man

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police have been notified by the state medical examiner that the remains of a man’s body found earlier this week [*see November 29, 2021 news release below] have been identified as those of Howard Earl Holmes, 70, of Wynne.

.The Arkansas State Police is continuing its investigation into Holmes’ death. Anyone with information about Holmes’ whereabouts dating back as far as November 2nd this year is asked to contact the Arkansas State Police or the Wynne Police Department.


The remains of what are believed to be those of an adult male were recovered in Wynne yesterday [Sunday, November 28th] by Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division.

A local resident walking near 503 Front Street about 3 PM reported to Wynne police officers seeing a body in a shallow drainage ditch between Front and Ash Streets.

Authorities in the Wynne Police Department have requested the state police to lead the investigation associated with the death.

The remains were transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory where the identity of the deceased will be determined, as well as the manner, cause, and time of death.

Special Agents began developing leads in the case yesterday and will submit an investigative file to the Cross County Prosecuting Attorney.

Press release

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