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Authorities identify remains of man missing since 2012

by Gazette Staff | January 10, 2020 at 4:36 a.m. | Updated January 10, 2020 at 4:41 a.m.
Joseph Cowart

HOPE, Ark.- Skeletal remains found in Hempstead County have been identified as a local man who has been missing since 2012.

Joseph Christopher Cowart, 58, was positively identified by the Arkansas State Medical Examiner on Wednesday, said Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton.

No foul play is suspected.

Cowart, who was a local resident, has been missing since 2012, Singleton said.

Deputies were dispatched to Cowart's residence on Highway 174 when his uncle was unable to contact him. Cowart's truck was parked in the carport and the doors to the house and truck were locked.

The remains were found in woods behind Cowart's home in December.

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