Grant County officials investigating body found in well


SHERIDAN — The discovery of human remains in a well in the northeastern part of Grant County has local authorities investigating for positive identification and cause of death.

Grant County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Robbie Bird said that about 12:30 p.m. Monday he was called to an area off Grant 75 in reference to what was believed to be a body being found in a well. Bird said the discovery was originally made by the property owner and recovered by local authorities and rescue members.

“The location is in the immediate area of a known missing person from Jefferson County and we are exploring that possibility,” Bird said.

That missing person is Daniel Ash Johnson, 28, who was reported missing Aug. 11, five days after he was last seen by family members at 1301 Justins Lane near the Jefferson community.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Operations Commander Major Lafayette Woods Jr. said Johnson’s ex-wife Mary Johnson reported him missing and a search for Johnson was initiated the same day. That search included both air and ground units from the sheriff’s department who searched heavily wooded areas surrounding Justins Lane, Stagecoach Road and Mail Route Road. The search was called off Aug. 15.

Woods said Jefferson County authorities are working with investigators from Grant County on the case.

The body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for further investigation.

“We are working with the Arkansas State Police and Jefferson County in an attempt to make an identification and are awaiting a report from the medical examiner that will hopefully provide a positive identification and determine a cause of death,” Bird said.

No further information was available and the investigation is continuing, Bird said.

— Ray King contributed to this report.