Missing 9-year-old boy found dead near bodies of mom and baby sister; suspect has been identified

A nine-year-old boy is the latest victim to be discovered in what appears to be a brutal family murder by the boyfriend of the boy’s mother.

According to Arkansas Online, Reilly Scarbrough’s body was found in a wooded area in Hatfield, Arkansas, on Saturday. During the previous week,  his mother, baby sister, and great uncle were all found dead.

As Crime Online previously reported, Reilly’s mother Bethany Jo Wester, 43, was found dead in a creek in Cove, Arkansas, less than five miles from Hatfield, on April 25. Two days later, her uncle was found dead in his home in Hatfield. And on Friday, the body of Reilly’s two-year-old sister Acelynn was found in a wooded area not from where her mother’s body was discovered.

Police said in a news release that Wester’s boyfriend Brian Bliss Travis led them to the boy’s body, and Fox News reports that he is a suspect in all four murders. Travis is in a Polk County jail on unrelated charges, but is expected to be charged with capital murder.

The murder motive or cause of death for any of the victims is not yet known.


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