The body of a missing Arkansas real estate agent that went missing while showing a home last week has been found in a shallow grave on Tuesday.
Authorities located Beverly Lyn Carter’s body near the grounds of Argos Concrete Co. in Calbot, reports USA Today. Beverly, 49, of Pulaski County Arkansas was a real estate agent for Crye Leike Realtors. She was last seen on Thursday, Sept. 25 around 5:30 p.m. before she left her home to go show a house on 14202 Old River Drive in Scott. She never returned home, and her husband who went looking for her found her car at the home with the door open and her belongings inside, but Beverly was missing.
On Monday, authorities arrested Aaron Lewis who was found hiding in a closet. Police had chased him to the Pleasant Point Apartments, after a man called the police and said Lewis was standing in front of a store. During a 12-hour interrogation he told police that he had kidnapped Beverly, but did not say where she was, reports USA Today. Lewis used to work at Argos and that may have been why the police decided to look in that area.
Lewis surprisingly spoke to reporters while being escorted to jail on Tuesday and was asked by a reporter, “Why, Beverly?” Lewis answered that she was “a woman who worked alone, a rich broker.”
This comment has sent chills down many in the real estate business because they are all so aware of the chances they take whenever they show a home alone. Many real estate agencies in the area began reminded their employees to not go to homes alone when they had a showing, after Beverly went missing.
“The days of calling a number on a sign and having somebody show up and meet you when you’re a perfect stranger these days, needs to go away,” Miki Bass, CEO of the Arkansas Realtor’s Association told KARK news.
Lewis pled not guilty during the preliminary hearing and even told reporters he did that because his lawyer told him, too. Lewis told a reporter for KARK news that he wanted to plead guilty. “I just want this all over with,” said Lewis.
Beverly’s family released a statement today, which reads:
“We’re so lost right now. Mom was the heart and rock of our family. A husband, two sons, two daughters-in-law, four grandchildren (and one on the way) have been robbed of their most significant source of joy on this earth. Her drive, spirit, and love of life and people were nothing short of incredible. We urge you not to be discouraged by the evil in this world. God is greater, and good always prevails. Bless you all.”