The bodies of two newborn infants were discovered in a suitcase dumped on the side of the road in Arkansas on Friday, Feb. 16, the Cross County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Authorities said the bodies were found inside a purple suitcase on the bank of a ditch near County Road 602 in Wynne by a passerby at around 1:43 p.m. who alerted police immediately.
Police say the newborns appear to be twins, according to the statement.
The discovery of the suitcase has sent shock waves through the community.
“When I left work this evening, I was shaken up. Like, I was in tears,” resident Santia Wallace told WREG.
“Here I am want to have kids and for you to, like, kill them? Like, who does that?” she added.
Another resident, Lonnie Harris, told KATV that everyone knows everybody in the quiet community that he has lived in for 40 years.
“I was shocked to find out because it’s so close to where I live,” Harris said.
Lifetime Wynne resident Patricia Warren was really saddened by the news.
“It really saddened me. It’s sad in a little, small town. You just don’t hear about things like this but now, all of a sudden, it’s right here at your back door,” she told the new station.
The sheriff’s office said the investigations are still ongoing and the bodies have been sent to the state crime lab for autopsies to determine how and when the infants died, reported WREG.
No further details have been released.
If you have any information regarding the identity of the babies or a suspect please contact the Cross County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas at 870-238-5700.