- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

OGDEN, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas authorities have identified a skull found by a 6-year-old girl near her home as that of an arson suspect.

Arkansas State Police Special Agent John Rhone told the Texarkana Gazette (http://bit.ly/1xgKIWj ) Thursday the girl found 26-year-old Zachery Wagner’s remains.

He has been missing since February, and Rhone said Wagner’s DNA was on file in a criminal database. His cause of death hasn’t been determined yet by the Arkansas Crime Laboratory.

Little River County Sheriff Gary Gregory said Wagner is a suspect in the arson of a log truck in Ogden and that he hadn’t been seen since the truck was burned. Wagner was on parole from the Arkansas Department of Correction after serving time on felony counts of residential burglary and theft.

“We’re looking into the people he had contact with and who may have tried to hurt him,” Gregory said.

Gregory said the first-grade student found the skull on Oct. 7 while waiting for a morning school bus next to a tree near her house. He said the girl thought it was a Halloween decoration and brought it inside to her parents, who called police.

Gregory said hunting dogs in the area may have brought the skull to that spot.

Authorities discovered more bones, including an arm and leg, later in the day in the woods near the girl’s home.

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Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com

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