Woman charged with murder in missing Pulaski County woman's case

Published: Nov. 14, 2019 at 2:12 PM EST
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The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office has charged Danelle Powell with murder in connection to LeeAnna Brumley's disappearance.

Powell was arrested Thursday morning and charged around 10:30 a.m. at the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

LeeAnna Brumley was last heard from on May 22.

Investigators believe Brumley was shot, hit in the head with a hatchet, and then set on fire.

Last week, investigators searched a field off of Charter Oaks Road in northern Pulaski County and found several human bones.

The bones were sent to the Medical Examiner's Office for further investigation. While officials are still waiting for results, they say all information leads them to think the remains are LeeAnna Brumley.

Brumley's family says they hoped she would eventually come home.

"I mean you don’t expect the worst out of it, you just expect the best," said Brumley's sister Faith Duggins. "We all expected LeeAnna to come out of nowhere, but she didn’t.”

Investigators believe Brumley was led away from where she was staying, then murdered.

Brumley's family doesn't know what her relationship to Powell was, but they think the two likely met on social media.

The Cajun Coastal Search and Rescue team out of Louisiana is searching in the same area in an attempt to locate additional evidence.

Powell is not the only person arrested in connection to Brumley's disappearance and death. Gerald Hendricks has also been arrested on unrelated charges of kidnapping and rape in Brumley's case. Corky Hendricks is also a person of interest.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office expects additional arrests in the death of LeeAnna Brumley.