A manhunt is underway for a Missouri man accused of abandoning the corpse of his mother, whose death has been ruled a homicide, the Sentinel-Record reports.Connie J. Goodwin, 63, was found dead in a home in Deerfield, Missouri, on Wednesday morning.
Hours later, police in Hot Springs, Arkansas, responded to a report of a suspicious package at a Walmart after someone found “possible evidence” in a trash bag in the back of their pick-up truck.
Surveillance footage showed an unknown individual had put the bag on the truck at an area hotel the previous evening.
Investigators later connected the bag to the Missouri homicide and issued an alert for Goodwin’s son, Aaron Goodwin, 38, who is wanted on suspicion of abandonment of a corpse and who may be in the Hot Springs area.
Police later confirmed that Goodwin is also being sought in connection with what was found in the trash bag.
Aaron Goodwin is a white male, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He has brown hair, one brown eye, one blue eye and a beard.
Police said he was last seen around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 4800 block of Central Avenue of Hot Springs with light-colored pants, a black sweatshirt, a black ball cap and a backpack.
Information about how Connie Goodwin died or what was in the trash bag has not been disclosed publicly.
Authorities say Aaron Goodwin may be “armed and dangerous” and should not be approached. However, police do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the public.
“Investigators do not believe there is any danger to residents in the Vernon County area at this time,” Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said in a press release.
Anyone who spots Aaron Goodwin or knows his location should call the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at 417-667-6042 or 911.
[Feature image: Aaron Goodwin/Vernon County Sheriff’s Office]
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