Police Investigate Woman’s Death

Fayetteville police officials speak Wednesday outside a house at 510 S. College Ave. Police say they found the body of a woman inside.
Fayetteville police officials speak Wednesday outside a house at 510 S. College Ave. Police say they found the body of a woman inside.

— Police are investigating the death of a woman found in a house Wednesday afternoon on South College Avenue.

AT A GLANCE

Fayetteville Homicides

The last homicide reported in Fayetteville was Aug. 5, 2012. Eric Thomas Frankenhauser, 41, is charged with capital murder in the death of 39-year-old Jessica Stewart. He also is charged with first-degree battery. Police said a neighbor found Stewart lying in the yard of 2228 W. Wedington Drive with a gunshot wound to the head. She died the next day at Washington Regional Medical Center. Washington County Circuit Judge William Storey last month set the trial to begin Sept. 16.

Source: Staff Report

A stabbing was reported to police at 3:52 p.m. at 510 S. College Ave, between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and East South Street.

Sgt. Craig Stout said detectives found a woman dead inside the house.

Stout said he couldn’t confirm if the woman had been stabbed.

“We’re waiting for a search warrant so we can process the inside of the home,” Stout said at 7:15 p.m.

Officers cordoned off three homes with yellow tape and blocked off both sides of the street with orange cones.

Stout said detectives usually begin a homicide investigation by blocking off a large area because “you never know where the investigation will lead.”

Investigators said they hadn’t arrested anyone in connection with the investigation as of 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Stout said police haven’t confirmed the identity of the deceased woman.

Washington County property records identify the owner of the home as Shirley Ann Wolfe. Her mailing address is listed as 1614 Steele Ave., Springdale.

The house on College Avenue was built in 1915. Wolfe bought the 880-square-foot residence in 2001, according to the property records.

Neighbor Brent Miller said a man known as “Kansas City Dave” lives in the house and he’s never seen a woman living there.

On July 28, police arrested David Browning, 55, of 510 S. College Avenue in connection with felony terroristic threatening and aggravated assault on a family or household member. He was released from the Washington County jail on $5,000 bond.

A 55-year-old man named David Browning was listed Wednesday as an inmate in the county jail. He was booked about 9 a.m. and was being held on $580 bond in connection with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental operations and public intoxication. Browning’s address was listed as homeless.

According to the arrest report, police were called to the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and School Avenue at 4:51 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a shirtless man who was stopping traffic and yelling at drivers. The man, identified as Browning, was yelling “indistinguishable” words and was nearly hit by two vehicles.

Browning had red eyes and smelled of alcohol, according to the report. He was “soaked in water and his feet were bloody,” according to a report.

Browning told the officer he “drank too much vodka” and fell in a creek, according to the report.

Stout wouldn’t say if Browning has any connection with the homicide investigation.

Miller said he heard “Dave” yelling in the street Tuesday night.

“I told him he could go home and holler, but not on this street,” he said.

Stout said police have been to 510 S. College Ave. 14 times in the past year for reports of a drunken person, theft and trespass.

Miller said “Dave” had been living in the home for the past three to four months.

“When he moved here, he said he had just gotten out of jail. I don’t know if he was squatting or what. A lot of times, I’d see him use the Port-A-Potty across the street,” Miller said.

Stout said Wednesday’s homicide was the first reported this year in the city.