04-06-2009, 07:04 PM #1
AR - Heather Renee Carter, 24, Alma, Nov 2008
5 April 09
Mourners gathered at Vine Prairie Park in Mulberry today to remember Heather Renee Carter.
The mother of three went missing in November of last year. The memorial was made up of Carter's friends and family. Rebecca Butler, a friend of Carter's says the memorial was to show her they still love her and always will.
"We released balloons for her 25-th birthday in remembrance of heather. We wanted to let her know we loved her and miss her and that she'll forever be in our hearts. That no matter what, we will remember her and love her. We're going to seek justice to the fullest for her and for her children."
A DNA sample from Carter's father is being tested to see whether the body found along the arkansas river a few weeks ago is that of Carter's.
Police are calling 45-year-old Gary McKenzie a person of interest in her disappearance.
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The body has positively been identified as Heather, according to KNWA.
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The body found March 22 near the Arkansas River south of Mulberry has been identified by the Arkansas Crime Lab as that of 24-year-old Heather Renee Carter of Tulsa.
The announcement was made in a morning news conference at the Crawford County Sheriff's Office. The body was sent to the crime lab in Little Rock and identified through medical records, according to Capt. Jimmy Damante of the sheriff's office.
He said no cause or date of death has been determined for the 24-year-old Carter, who attended high school in Arkoma and worked at Whirlpool in Tulsa.
04-09-2009, 01:39 AM #4
Multiple persons of interest considered in
connection with woman's death
"Obviously, we feel that there's some foul play involved," Captain Jimmy Damante with Crawford County told members of the media.
But officials say the medical examiner still has not determined how Heather Carter died or if it will be deemed a homicide. Carter went missing in late November and was last seen leaving Gary Mckenzie's alma home in his car before her body was found on the banks of the Mulberry River months later.
"Mr. Mckenzie is a person of interest as well as several others we believe that there was more than one person involved directly involved as well as several others that are indirectly involved in this," Capt. Damante said.
Police say some of those are ex-cons out on parole. Mckenzie's recent arrest and court appearance were on unrelated charges. Detectives confirm he has been questioned in connection with Carter's disappearance and that items of evidence were seized from his home and other locations. Toshia Carter says her sister didn't know Mckenzie very well.
"She'd met him maybe a couple of times."
Heather had gone to his house with their cousin according to Toshia. Five law enforcement agencies are working on this case: Alma P.D., Crawford County, state police, parole officers, and the U.S. Marshals.
"We're dividing this up and working as one agency," Alma chief Russell White explained. "I believe that we'll solve the case."
Family and friends say Heather will not be forgotten.
"I want everybody to remember she was a good person a good mother to her kids, and I know she's going to miss her kids so much," her sister Toshia said.
The family believes more people have information that could be crucial to the case, but that they are afraid to come forward.
Heather Carter leaves behind three children, ages two, five, and seven. Two of the children are living with their fathers and one with a family friend.