Suspect in child homicide could be named tomorrow

No cause for public alarm, chief says

Posted: November 21, 2012 at 8:43 a.m.
Updated: November 21, 2012 at 3:17 p.m.

Mike Bridgeman, left, uncle of Jersey Bridgeman, kisses Laurie Caancan on the top of the head Tuesday during a candlelight vigil at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County’s Memory Garden in Little Flock.

The Bentonville Police Department could name a suspect in the homicide of a 6-year-old Bentonville girl as early as tomorrow, Chief Jon Simpson told reporters Wednesday. “I feel confident that we have the resources that we need, that we’ve taken the steps that we needed to take as quickly as possible,” Simpson said. “The answers to all of our questions are within reach.”

White flowers were placed on the porch of Jersey Bridgeman's home Wednesday.

704, 702 and 608 S.E. A St.

Jersey Bridgeman lived at 608 S.E. A St. Her body was found at 704 S.E. A St. The man accused of killing her lived at 702 S.E. A St.

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No arrest yet? So there is a killer loose in our town? Tell me how we are safe!

Posted by: butthurt

November 21, 2012 at 11:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KNWA reported last night that the mother was a suspect. Dad went to prison last year for tying her up in her bedroom "for her own good." Sounds like winner parents to me. I suspect we'll hear something before the weekend is out. If they thought this was a true abduction case I can guarantee they'd have already warned the public.

Posted by: AutopilotAR

November 21, 2012 at 11:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Well, something's a little strange. On 40/29 last night they posted that the police said no other children are in danger, which tells me that they know who did it or something. But, what's really strange to me is that according to this article, FBI is involved, which typically means it's more than just a state case. Now, it's possible local police asked for assistance, but, for them to say no other children are in danger was odd if they needed FBI's help.

Posted by: kennie

November 21, 2012 at 2:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

In the words of Charlie Daniels, "....take a big tall tree and a short piece of rope...."

Posted by: Tankersley101

November 21, 2012 at 7:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ever get the idea that the Bentonville police department doesn't even have a clue about how to conduct an investigation.

Posted by: JailBird

November 22, 2012 at 5:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

It is easy to sit in your home and knock the ones out there working on Thanksgiving trying to bring this killer to justice. Let me tell you about the Bentonville Police, their heart and soul is in this case, there was not a dry eye from any officer who was at the candlelight vigil for this little girl the other night. Moneymyst, maybe instead of knocking them on Thanksgiving, maybe you give thanks that you are alive today and it wasn't one of your loved ones that was murdered. Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: Justalocal

November 22, 2012 at 6:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Didn't say they were not working hard with emotion and dedication, just looks like they need a lot of help. Or to sum it up....serve and protect yourself and don't depend on parasites with a badge.

Posted by: JailBird

November 22, 2012 at 7:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


As a recent victim of a violent crime in Bentonville, I can attest as to how hard and fast they work. I was amazed as to how effecient and through they are. Whithin a hour of the crime going down, I was shown a picture of the get away vehicle going through a nearby intersection. Within 4 hours they had a photo line up, with the suspects picture in it. As a whole, they are professional and very dedicated to protecting the public. Just remember, because of the way our society is setup, we don't have a cop at every door, watching evey move we make. It's called freedom.

Posted by: Tumblebug

November 22, 2012 at 11:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tomorrow, tomorrow its only a day or two or three away.

Posted by: JailBird

November 23, 2012 at 1:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Parasites with a badge."
Moneymyst, I feel sorry for you. You must have a very sad life. I hope things get better for you.

Posted by: bvhappy

November 23, 2012 at 2 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

If you refuse to pay unjust taxes, your property will be confiscated. If you attempt to defend your property, you will be arrested. If you resist arrest, you will be beaten. If you defend yourself, you will be shot dead by banal little cowards with badges and guns. And I supose you are happy about this?

Posted by: JailBird

November 23, 2012 at 2:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


You must be one unhappy person. I hope and pray that you never need the assistance of the Police. You can bash them all you want and yet if something happened to you or one of your family members, they'd be the first people you call. Pretty pathetic that you sit behind a computer and bash the very people that strive to make NWA a better place instead of getting out and trying to make a difference in the community that you live in.

I applaud BVPD and the efforts that they are putting into this case and am confident they will get to the bottom of it soon.

God rest your little soul, Jersey.

Posted by: someone

November 23, 2012 at 4:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best. An example of the first attraction is Keith Ferguson and your local Barney is an example of the second.

Posted by: JailBird

November 23, 2012 at 4:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Please remember that the world of police work does NOT work the way it does on CSI and other shows where you have all this high tech equipment that helps you solve the clues. Those gadgets don't exist (for the most part) and certainly don't do what is portrayed on TV. I feel confident that the men and women investigating this case want to MAKE SURE that the SCUM responsible PAY FOR THEIR CRIME. If you rush through and start arresting people without building a STRONG case, you risk the PERP getting away with it. Be patient and have faith. I, for one, feel pretty impressed at how crimes are solved and truly, how quickly. When you're faced with a needle in a haystack, think how hard that would be.....

Posted by: My3kids

November 23, 2012 at 5:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tomorrow may never come because it always a day just a day away

Posted by: JailBird

November 23, 2012 at 7:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

My3kids, I totally and completely agree. Great post!

Posted by: someone

November 23, 2012 at 8:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Looks like Phillip changed his screenname to Moneymyst

Posted by: AutopilotAR

November 24, 2012 at 12:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Did you guys see the latest story of the neighbor interview and say she called the child abuse hotline? This hotline needs to be looked into for obvious reasons. People call in for real abuse like this little girl and get ignored and guess what? She is now dead! BUT they investigate stupid non abuse cases that ex spouses call on their ex just because they are mad for the stupidest stuff. Personally they should look into this! I have called the hotline on abuse that kids have been sent to the hospital for treatment and the hot line has turned my calls down!! 4 kids in the house 1 gets hurt from a step dad because the mother and he are fighting thy take little one to hospital after a 911 call from the mother saying he is holding all of them (kids included) against their will and refusedto let them call 911 and a child ends up in ER with a head injury and hot line says I have no reason to call? Oh and there was no abuse on other 3 kids in house because no physical bruises... This little girl could have been saved by that ladies 1 call but I am sure she got same response I did. Then DHS is investigating others for the most ridiculous things like letting your 10 and 16 year old go down the street to play at their friends and its because "lack of supervision" Tax payers are paying these workers to investigate kids that go to friends house to play but wont even let me report a crime against a child that ends up in hospital... Justice for this little girl was not done! So sad for kids that are being truely abused!

Posted by: cardmom

November 24, 2012 at 11:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )