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Police: Missing 28-year-old woman’s body recovered from Town Branch Creek in Fayetteville

by NWA Democrat-Gazette | May 13, 2022 at 7:38 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville firefighters on Friday found and recovered from Town Branch Creek the body of a 28-year-old woman who had been reported as missing on May 5.

According to information from the Fayetteville Police Department’s Facebook page, the body of Shelby Ratliff was found around 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

Police said their initial investigation indicated Ratliff died in a drowning incident related to the severe weather in the area last week.

Ratliff had initially been reported as missing after leaving the Fayetteville entertainment district around 2 a.m. May 5. Police said she was dropped off at a local apartment complex a short time later by a local ride-hailing service.

Sgt. Anthony Murphy, public information officer for the Fayetteville Police Department, said in a text message around 6:30 p.m. Friday that no other information was available.


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