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04/02/2013

RURAL MOUNTAIN HOME WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER

Christina Maria Scroggin

     The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a homicide investigation after finding the body of a man in a vehicle at 244 CR 343 this morning.  A 911 call was received from this address at approximately 5:50 AM reporting that a person had driven to that residence and stated she may have killed someone.  Upon arrival, deputies found the body of a man inside the trunk of the vehicle.

     The victim has been identified as 24 year old RAUL SEGURA TURRIETA, who resided in Mountain Home.  The cause of death has yet to be determined.  The body will be sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock for autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

     The person who drove the vehicle with the body in it to this residence was taken into custody at the residence.  Investigators served two search warrants today, one on the vehicle and the other at the victim’s residence in Mountain Home.  After conferring with the Prosecuting Attorney, the decision was made to charge the suspect with murdering the victim.  The location or locations of the original crime scene or the circumstances surrounding the death are still under investigation.

     CHRISTINA MARIA SCROGGIN, 25 years old of rural Mountain Home, has been incarcerated in the Detention Center on a charge of Murder in the First Degree.  A preliminary bond has been set at $1,000,000 by the Prosecuting Attorney.  She will appear in Circuit Court on April 4th.

     The Mountain Home Police Department and Arkansas State Police are assisting in the investigation.  The investigation is continuing, and no additional details can be released at this time.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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