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Arkansas man charged after cops find hit-and-run victim's body in the back of his truck: report

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Source: Fort Smith police; MEGA

Feb. 20 2022, Published 11:15 p.m. ET

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An Arkansas man hit a cyclist with his pickup truck and killed the victim, police said. When they tracked down the suspect, they found the victim in the bed of his vehicle.

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Authorities reportedly found a human body part on the scene, but most of the remains were gone, police said.

Officers in Fort Smith, Arkansas, responded to a report of a bicyclist hit around 8 p.m. on Feb. 18, according to Fort Smith police.

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Police closed the intersection for several hours while they investigated. Investigators reviewed surveillance footage and identified 42-year-old James Ray Jones as the suspect, according to police. They reportedly found the pickup truck in the backyard of his home with the victim’s body in the truck bed.

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The victim's name has not been released.

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Officers spoke to Jones, who gave a full confession and was arrested, according to police. He was charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. He was booked in to the Sebastian County jail.

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Source: Fort Smith police; MEGA
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