Medical examiner identifies remains in well as Jefferson County man


Grant County law enforcement have confirmed that a body found in a well Monday is that of a missing Jefferson County man.

The State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock is still working to determine the cause of death for Daniel Ash Johnson, 28, according to Grant County Lt. Robbie Bird.

Johnson’s body was found in a well Monday off Grant 75 in the northeastern part of Grant County.

Johnson was reported missing on Aug. 11 to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office by his ex-wife, Mary Johnson.

Mary Johnson told deputies that she last saw Daniel Johnson on Aug. 6 following an overnight stay with him at a residence on Justin Lane in Jefferson, according to a press release from JCSO Major Lafayette Woods Jr. at the time. The two had an argument, and Mary Johnson said that Daniel Johnson left on foot with her keys and cell phone.

Woods said that Daniel Johnson later called a mutual friend and said that he was walking along Mail Route Road and needed some water. When Mary Johnson drove to a predetermined location to drop off the water and after blowing the horn several times, she could not find him.

An air and land search was conducted in a heavily wooded area around Justin Lane and Stagecoach and Mail Route roads in Jefferson County. No traces of Johnson were found, and the search was discontinued on Aug. 15.

Johnson’s body was found on Nov. 12 in a well off of Grant 75 in the northeastern portion of Grant County by the property owners. According to GCSO reports, a family member of the property owner actually discovered the body.

Reports state that the property owner originally noticed the concrete cover to the well had been removed and was leaning against the above-ground portion of the well. He and his brother later replaced the cover and while doing so noticed what they believed to be debris in the well.

The brother returned on Nov. 12 to clean the well out and upon noticing what appeared to be human remains contacted law enforcement. The body was then recovered by Grant County Rescue and was sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiners Office for further investigation.

Bird said this incident is being handled as a death investigation at this time and is still ongoing. They are working with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas State Police as well as the Arkansas Medical Examiner’s Office.

Anyone with any information concerning this incident can contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Department at (870) 942-2101.