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Human remains discovered in Carpenter Dam open field, ruled homicide

The following is from a March 17, 2022, Hot Springs Police Department News Release:

On 3/7/22 at approximately 3:45pm, officers of the Hot Springs Police Department responded to the 1400 block of Carpenter Dam Road in reference to the discovery of human remains located in an open field.

The Criminal Investigation Division also responded and determined that the victim’s death was not from natural causes. The body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for autopsy and identification. The victim was identified as Ryan Kennedy (43 years old) and his death was ruled a Homicide. The subsequent investigation identified one suspect as Damonte Walters (18 years old) from Henderson, Texas who was charged with 1st degree Murder and is currently being held at the Garland County Detention Center.

Detectives will continue to follow leads and anyone with information regarding the Homicide of Ryan Kennedy is encouraged to contact Det. Plummer at 501-710-6997 or Det. Fallis at 501-441-5681. You can also send tips online through the Crime Solvers Tip Form at

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