61-year-old man found dead in vehicle, police investigation continuing

A man who was found shot to death early Tuesday morning has been identified and police are continuing their investigation into his death.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said Howard Edwards, 61, of Pine Bluff, was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Eric Belcher at 2:56 a.m. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds.

The body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office Tuesday afternoon for an autopsy.

According to a report from Officer Harley Herron, he was sent to the area of West 15th Avenue and Mulberry Street at about 2:20 a.m. to investigate a report about someone being slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle in the middle of the street.

Herron said in the report that when he arrived, he found a gold colored four door vehicle in the middle of the street with the front passenger side door open and a man, later identified as Edwards, sitting in the driver’s seat lying over to his right side.

“Upon further inspection, I observed blood in the seat in the area of Edwards’ face,” Herron said in the report. “I then noticed that Edwards appeared to have been shot in the neck.”

Lt. David Price said Tuesday that no arrests had been made and no suspects identified during the early stages of the investigation, which is continuing.

Anyone with information about the slaying should contact the Detective Division at 730-2090 or the dispatch center at 541-5300. All calls will be kept confidential.

The slaying was the 14th of the year in Jefferson County and the 11th inside the Pine Bluff city limits. At this time a year ago, there were nine homicides in Pine Bluff.