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Arkansas Realtor Went to Show Home, Disappeared

Parolee Arron Lewis charged with kidnapping in case of Beverly Carter
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2014 8:11 AM CDT
Updated Sep 29, 2014 11:12 AM CDT
Cops Hunt Man After Ark. Realtor Disappears on Job
In this March 7, 2014, file photo, a realty sign hangs in front of a home.   (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

(Newser) – An Arkansas real estate agent has gone missing in the vicinity of Little Rock after going to show a home on Thursday. Some 200 volunteers searched for 49-year-old Beverly Carter yesterday and will continue the effort today, CNN reports. Police have arrested Arron Lewis, 33, on kidnapping charges, reports ABC, though the link between the two hasn't been made clear. Police were at the site of a single-car accident yesterday morning that sent Lewis to the hospital. As he awaited a CT scan, however, he left the hospital; a warrant was later issued and he was taken into custody this morning. Lewis' criminal record includes felony property theft, and he's on parole through 2017, ArkansasOnline notes.

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Carter called her husband on Thursday to tell him the address of the property she'd be showing in Scott, Ark. Afterward, he didn't hear from her for hours and became concerned. He called police after finding her vehicle at the property with her purse inside it; the door to the home was open. ABC13 reports her cellphone was missing and describes it as "key to the case." A number of texts were sent from the phone to her husband in the early hours of Friday morning. Among them: "Having drinks right now." That further alarmed Carl Carter, who says his wife isn't much of a drinker. (Another weekend mystery surrounds the deaths of a family of five in Utah.)

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