MADISON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Edward Alan Austin, 53, of Pettigrew, has been arrested and faces charges of attempted capital murder, rape, and kidnapping after dragging a woman into a ravine.
According to a preliminary report, Madison County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched late on January 5 to the Pettigrew RV Park in reference to a missing woman that had been found. Her shirt had been ripped open and she was located in a steep ravine. Upon arriving, the responding officer found that first responders had cut through a barbed-wire fence to get down a hill to the ravine.