MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man has been charged after a body was found buried in his backyard in St. Francis County, Arkansas.
Jonathan Paulman, 31, is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse.
The St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office said the body was found buried behind a camper on SFC 410 in Forrest City after investigators acting on a tip executed a search warrant Dec. 30.
“We obtained a search warrant for that property, and discovered a buried body,” Lieutenant Travis Hill.
Paulman’s neighbor tells WREG that he has heard of suspicious activity on the property before.
“It freaks me out because around Halloween, I saw somebody out there with a light, and I knew they were behind the trailer, and they had dogs out there,” he said.
The body has been sent to a state lab to determine identity and exact cause of death.
“I can’t release any information on how the person was killed, but I can tell you we have enough information, and Mr. Paulman was charged,” said Hill.
Paulman is being held at the St. Francis County Detention Center; his bond is set a $250,000.
More arrests are expected, county authorities said.