On February 27, 2018 the Searcy County Sheriff's Department received a report of a shooting incident involving 26 year old Marshall resident, Jessica Thornton, off of Integrity Road, in Searcy County. The initial call reported the incident to be a self inflicted gunshot. After arriving on scene the SCSO asked for assistance of the Arkansas State Police. During the joint investigation by the Searcy County Sheriff's Department and the Arkansas State Police, evidence was collected and numerous interviews were conducted.
On March 1, 2018 a warrant was obtained for the arrest of 30 year old Matthew Armstrong for Murder in the first degree. Armstrong was arrested and is being held, in the Searcy County Detention Center, on a $150,000.00 bond, awaiting court appearance.