The Arkansas State Police says they have been asked to investigate the discovery of a woman’s body inside a Mena residence that was on fire Sept. 17.
State Police says that the Mena Fire Department asked them to investigate.
According to state law enforcement officials, the Mena Fire Department responded to the report of a residential fire at 407 First Street about 1:00 p.m. While attempting to gain control of the fire, authorities discovered the body.
The house was initially believed to be unoccupied and without utility connections, according to State Police.
Special agents from the state police’s criminal investigation division will determine whether there is a connection between the fire and the disappearance of a woman who lived in the same neighborhood.
The body will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory where pathologists will determine the manner and cause of death as well as the identity of the unknown woman.