The mystery of what happened to 10-month-old Harper Floyd and his father, 33-year-old Brian Floyd has deepened with the discovery of their bodies. The father and son disappeared on Friday, but Brian’s body was found an hour after Harper’s on Tuesday as search teams combed the Ouachita Mountains in Yell County, Arkansas. A backpack containing undisclosed materials was also found near the bodies. The bodies of the deceased have been taken to the medical examiner’s office for autopsy.
Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey would not comment on whether police believe that foul play was involved. Police have also stated that they have no information at this time on precisely how Brian’s pickup got to the point where it was found in the forest. It was not near the dirt road, and there did not seem to be any reason police could find for it being where it was.
However, Brian’s wife and Harper’s mother, 21-year-old Brooke Floyd, was arrested over the weekend. She was found south of the Blue Mountain Lake with cuts and scratches all over her body. She is reportedly being held on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a minor, as well as hindering a police investigation. Police are not inclined to speculate on any potential additional charges, but they have stated that she was arrested for essentially abandoning the child in the dangerous environment of the mountains. According to police, she was not particularly helpful in the investigation until Monday, when she led searchers to the broken-down pickup truck. There are conflicting reports on whether Brooke Floyd remains in custody, but she is reportedly scheduled for her first court appearance in the next few days.
KFSM 5 in Arkansas brings us this:
Missing Infant And Father Found Dead In Ouachita Mountains (KFSM)
Yell County Sheriff: Missing Baby, Father Found Dead (KARK)
Deputies find bodies of missing father, baby (4029tv.com, KHBS/KHOG)