05-31-2012, 09:19 AM #1
AR - Joseph Christopher Cowart, 58, Hope, 15 May 2012
By Staff reports
Posted May 30, 2012 @ 12:17 PM
Hope, Ark. — Two Hempstead County men have seemingly disappeared from the face of the Earth.
Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton said Tuesday that, in addition to the March disappearance of Casey Clark, 31, of Fulton, authorities are seeking information on the whereabouts of Joseph Christopher Cowart, 58, of Hope, who has been missing since May 15.
01-11-2013, 02:20 PM #2
Hempstead Co. authorities perplexed by missing men
10:09 AM, Jan 11, 2013
Short article at link
05-11-2014, 10:35 AM #3
Date last seen
May 15, 2012 00:00
Age last seen
58 to years old
60 years old
05-11-2014, 01:44 PM #4
Most recent article I can find, May 2013:
Main Points (paraphrased)
*Cowart is retired from the US Navy
*Missing from his rural residence at 3096 Highway 174 South
*Reported missing by his uncle on May 20, who stated they had previously been in daily contact; their last contect was May 15
*Cowart's pickup truck was still in the carport and the house was secured
*Nothing found in search of wooded acreage around Coward's residence
"Cowart is described as a white male, standing six feet tall, weighing about 195 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The clothing which he was last wearing is not known. There are presently no working theories as to why Cowart disappeared, Singleton said, since there was no reason for Cowart to have sought to disappear."
08-12-2015, 11:01 AM #5
Hope Star In Depth: Vanished
Posted Jun. 12, 2015
Long, detailed article at link.
“It's just like he left the house, locked the door, and disappeared,” Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton said. “His bank accounts, cell phone, phones hadn't been used; his retirement checks hadn't been cashed. There is nothing that has developed out of this case.”
According to documents filed in probate in Hempstead County, Cowart left his 1991 LT Ford F150 truck parked in the carport at the rear of his expansive brick home on Spring Hill Road; and $1,269.70 in cash in various places throughout the residence.“We got his computer and looked on it for any correspondence, but there wasn't anything that really stood out,” Singleton said.
Searches of the residential grounds and an approximately 80-acre tract of land to the rear of the residential grounds, which Cowart had sold to a Hope family and has since become a private hunting tract, provided no evidence of Cowart.Cowart's return to Hope appears to have been fostered by the need to care for his parents. His father died in 2006 and his mother died in 2010. Both parents died intestate, or without a probated will.Cowart was alone at the time of his disappearance; but, he is considered a quiet, independent type of man.
“He didn't have any social media; no Facebook page, anything like that,” Singleton said. “He had some emails, but there were businesses; credit cards and things like that. There was nothing that would point us in any specific direction.”Both Manus and Singleton noted that Cowart liked to take outings in Texarkana.
Singleton said, and court filings confirm, that Cowart has two children; a son and daughter, one of whom lives in Arizona and the other in North Carolina.
“We did get DNA swabs from them,” Singleton said.He said Cowart was interested in the health impact of mercury-based filings in teeth. Thomason said Cowart struck him as very detail-minded and methodical; soft-spoken and quiet.Cowart's only remaining Hope relative is his mother's brother, Steve Marlar. It was Marlar who reported Cowart missing.
Marlar declined to give an extensive interview for this story.On August 6, 2012, mother of two Tamala Wells drove away from her home in Detroit. She has not been seen or heard from since she made her last phone call at 11:45 pm. Her car was recovered three days later, 20 minutes away from her home. Friends and family members are baffled.
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