Stone County homicides being investigated by Arkansas State Police


The discovery of two apparent murder victims inside a home north of Mountain View yesterday (Tuesday, March 9) has led to Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police being requested to investigate the homicides, the state police reported in a statement.

Stone County Sheriff’s Deputies contacted state police shortly after the bodies of a man and woman were found at a residence on Chateau Pointe Loop off Arkansas Highway 87 shortly before 2:52 p.m.

Ronald Calkins, 64, who lived at the house, and Brandy Patrick, 40, of Mountain View, have been identified as the homicide victims. Their bodies have been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory where the state medical examiner will determine when the deaths occurred, along with the manner and cause of death.

Early in the investigation, a suspect was identified as a person who may have taken a truck from the crime scene.

About 9:30 last night, state police CID special agents and the Stone County Sheriff’s Department developed information the suspect was possibly in the Fifty-Six community, north of Mountain View. Deputies were able to locate Royce Calkins (pictured), 43, the son of the murder victim, the statement said.

The younger Calkins lived with his father at the Chateau Pointe Loop home.

Royce Calkins was arrested and is being held at the Stone County Detention Center on a charge of first-degree murder.

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