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Cotter Depot Death


The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office and the Cotter Police Department are investigating the death of a 64 year old rural Mountain Home man, Richard Alan Homan.  At approximately 9:11 pm, 911 received a call of an unresponsive male lying face down near the railroad tracks at the Depot in Cotter, Arkansas.  The caller requested an ambulance and was given instructions on CPR.  Gassville Officer, Captain John Tyler, arrived on the scene a few minutes later and continued CPR until medics from Baxter Regional Medical Center arrived.  Medics determined the male subject had been deceased for some time.  Deputies from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office and the Cotter Police Department arrived and secured the scene. 

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and Baxter County Coroner’s Office arrived and began their preliminary investigation.  It is believed Mr. Homan drove an 18 wheeler semi-truck to the Cotter Train Depot to offload a plastic resin product from a rail car.  At some point during the process of loading the material it is believe Mr. Homan fell from the top of the rail car. 

Although Investigators do not suspect any foul play the body is being sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine the cause and manner of death.

The investigation is continuing.

Sheriff John Montgomery