Murder Suspect Moves From Personals Page to Front Page

By: E&P Staff

The Harrison (Ark.) Daily Times‘ top story on Aug. 26 pictured a murder suspect – the same man who visited the newspaper two weeks earlier to place a personal ad.

The paper reported Aug. 27 that classified advertising clerk Marie Dexter recognized 60-year-old Morris Dean Davis as the man who paid cash for an ad that read: “Seeking single female over 30, relationship, possible marriage. Must like quiet country life.”

Davis was arrested in connection with the death of his 45-year-old wife, Lisa Marie Davis, whose body was discovered partially encased in cement in a shallow grave on a farm where the Davises lived.

A family friend asked police to check on Lisa Marie Daivs after Morris Dean Davis gave the person conflicting reasons for her absence. During questioning, Davis told police where look for his wife’s body, according to Boone County Sheriff Danny Hickman.

Davis told investigators his wife committed suicide and that “he buried her on the property to keep her close,” Hickman said in a statement.

Held in Boone County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond, Davis faces charges of first-degree murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence and manufacturing a controlled substance. He was expected to be arraigned Aug. 28.

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